The Village of Carbon is asking residents for help cleaning up from last week's flood.
 
Melt water poured down the sides of the coulee, swamping the campground and ball diamond on the east end of town.
 
"I was over there last night walking around and the weeds and the branches have wound themselves around the campsite picnic tables and the burn pits and the trees," reported CAO Glenda Youngberg. "We're asking people to please come and help us pick it up; it's literally hand picking."
 
"You don't need a big machine or anything, we just need a body out there to pick, and gloves and a rake, maybe. Bring your stuff and have at her," she added. "We've got a summer student and we'll get the (village) truck out and load it up and take it to the burn pit. They just need to put it in a pile (and) we'll pick it up."
 
CARBON CAMPGROUND 1Photo courtesy Carbon Valley Facebook page.
 
Youngberg put out an appeal on social media asking for help and so far, the response has been pretty good.
 
"The Lions Club have graciously undertaken getting the ball diamond back in shape," she noted. "They've been out there already starting to pre-do some stuff, but they also need help; they need volunteers because there's just a few of them as well."
 
Youngberg pointed out that the Carbon Campground is completely booked for the May long weekend, so she says they have no choice but to get everything ready.
 
The village's swinging footbridge across Kneehills Creek was badly damaged by the floodwaters and will need to be replaced, but Youngberg said that can wait for now.
 

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