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    LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) -- Debris caught up in Little Maumelle River has yet to be cleaned up from spring storms.

    "I don't mind it too much. I guess when I'm running it kind of gives me something to look at and think about, or make up a story about," said resident Amanda Moore.

    The story began on May 1st when high winds caused several boats and other debris to break free from the River Valley Marina, float down river and become entangled in several places.

    Six months later, the debris is still there...visible from Interstate 430 and the Two Rivers Bridge.

    Sherman Smith is the Pulaski County Public Works Director -- the only public official who spoke to THV on camera about the debris.

    "The actual location of the bridge and the debris in the Little Maumelle River is actually within the city limits of Little Rock. The Little Maumelle River is the dividing line between the city limits of Little Rock and the unincorporated area of the county," Director Smith said.

    So who has direct oversight to cleaning up the debris?

    "We've contacted the Corps [of Engineers] and the Coast Guard and each of those have come back and said, 'We don't have the jurisdiction over it.' We've contacted the Sheriff's Office, they don't have any jurisdiction," Director Smith said.

    THV received a call from Gene Ludwig, the attorney representing the owners of the River Valley Marina.

    Ludwig stated that the family removed some of the debris themselves.

    "They cannot comment further because the matter is a brewing dispute over insurance coverage," Ludwig stated. 

    The attorney stated that if the parties are unable to come to terms, the process could take years.

    "It poses a potential hazard to people in the water on the boats, and it can float on down and damage structures on this bridge and the I-430 bridge," Director Smith added.

    For those wanting more information, or to urge government officials to take action:

    Little Rock City Hall: (501) 371-4510

    Pulaski County Public Works: (501) 340-6800

    U.S. Army Corps of Engineers: (501) 324-5551

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