Volunteers take to Mud Island, start cleanup

By The Associated Press

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — About 100 volunteers took to Mud Island, pulling out dead armadillos, fish and birds as part of the cleanup after near historic flooding on the Mississippi River.

The Memphis City Beautiful Commission, joined by organizations including Clean Memphis, spent Saturday on the island finding debris washed ashore by the floodwaters.

Casey Vincent, a volunteer with Clean Memphis, told The Memphis Commercial Appeal he found some “neat stuff,” including a cowboy boot, half a shovel and bluebird eggs, tucked under an abundance of driftwood on the north side of Greenbelt Park.

Organizers say cleaning up after the floods is a long-term project.

As of noon Saturday, the Mississippi River sat at 39.99 feet, six feet above flood stage and the first time below 40 feet since April 30.

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