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Homeless camp cleanup set for Friday
DOT replaces pipe that caused flooding at camp beneath Queen City Bridge
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A cleanup of the homeless camp under the Queen City Bridge in Gainesville is set for Friday morning now that the floodwaters are gone.

Volunteers needed at Gainesville homeless camp Friday

If interested in helping clean up the homeless camp beneath the Queen City Bridge in Gainesville on Friday morning, contact Jerry Deyton, pastor of The Way ministry, at 678-776-3098 or jerrydeyton@yahoo.com.

Volunteers are asked to meet at The Way, located at 857 Bradford Street in the industrial area of Gainesville, at 10 a.m. Friday.

Wear boots, pants and gloves.

Bring your boots and gloves because Mother Nature has played dirty with the homeless camp beneath the Queen City Bridge in Gainesville.

Jerry Deyton, pastor of The Way ministry, is calling on volunteers to join him at 10 a.m. Friday in cleaning up the camp now that the floodwaters are gone.

Workers from the state Department of Transportation slogged through the swamped camp this week, digging out a clogged drain and replacing it with new piping.

Water typically flows through a drain where the camp abuts the property line of a poultry plant, then over a mound and down into a ditch.

But recent heavy rains overwhelmed the drainage infrastructure, backing up an estimated 100,000 gallons of water or more last week.

The flooding destroyed couches, mattresses, tents and personal belongings, and washed litter every which way.

Donations of canned food, water, clothes and shoes are welcome.

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