LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) -- A part of the Natural State may not be so natural.
As THV previously reported, debris from a flood is still stuck in the Little Maumelle River one year later. The debris includes docks, boats and other material that washed down river from a marina.
On Wednesday, THV reached out to the congressional delegation of Arkansas. Among those that responded was U.S. Senator John Boozman (R-Arkansas).
"We need to push the process along. The federal government has spent about $50,000 clearing out the main channel...you have a lawsuit going on right now so that's kind of colored the waters on how much we can intervene," Senator Boozman said.
He hopes to see the issue resolved before the end of the year.
U.S. Congressman Tim Griffin (R-Arkansas) has reached out to the U.S. Coast Guard regarding the matter, and is waiting to hear back.
"One way that we can be helpful is to encourage cooperation between the different agencies and to make sure that everything that needs to be done, or can be done, is being done," Representative Griffin said.
Local government agencies continue to point the finger of blame at one another...each stated they don't have the jurisdiction to intervene and clean the debris up. But for boaters like Adam Jackson it's not just an eyesore, it's a hazard.
"There was a bunch of people out here yesterday jet-skiing with kids and stuff. They were all over where the debris is," Jackson said. "What you see here behind us is just a little bit of it. The further up you go there's more and more. It's up in the trees, it's all over the bank."
Captain Clayton Goddard, the Special Operations Supervisor for the Metropolitan Emergency Medical Services (MEMS) said the debris in the Little Maumelle River is a danger, even to his Special Operations Response Team.
"Even [Wednesday] in training we're going to be very watchful, mindful of the area especially with our inflatable boats. It could be a major hazard," Captain Goddard said.
"This used to be one of my favorite parts of the river to fish...now it's just got trash in it and doesn't look like anything has happened in a whole year," Jackson added.
Governor Beebe's spokesman told THV there is little the state can do, especially if the matter is in litigation.
However, as a result of our story, they asked the State Insurance Department to see if there is a way to expedite a resolution.
The story continues.
Senator Mark Pryor sent the following statement to Today's THV:
"There has been a lot of "passing the buck" over cleaning up the river debris, but we need to resolve this situation before it becomes an even more expensive task. I understand the Corps of Engineers has already spent $50,000 in taxpayer dollars to clear debris that was blocking the navigation channel. There is clearly more work to be done, and I will continue to work with local, state and federal officials to address this issue."