Econfina Creek cleanup begins four months after Hurricane Michael

WASHINGTON COUNTY, Fla. (WJHG/WECP) - Econfina Creek in Washington County was covered in barges and dump trucks Monday morning; a welcome change to the downed trees that have been covering it for months.

This cleanup is finally happening four months after Hurricane Michael. It is a big step forward in making the creek open to the public again.

Jeff Massey, Washington County Administrator, said, "The cleanup efforts in Washington County are going very well. We have regular meetings with our debris company and our contractors to make sure that we have a plan for our residents. And it's going to take a little bit longer, we're just shy of a million yards in Washington County being collected and we expect that to go up considerably before we're done."

Residents of Washington County are relieved to see things being done, especially because for some, the creek is their only source of income.

Debbie Gay, owner of Econfina Creek Canoe Livery said, "I'm so thankful, I'm just so thankful because it's been a long wait just to see what we are going to do. This is our livelihood."

Many are hoping this can put an end to the ongoing flooding in Washington County, but only time will tell.

"Everybody's sure hoping so, but I am not putting my eggs in that basket until we see the results after it's cleaned up," said County Administrator Massey.

County officials say this is an ongoing effort and it may take a while to see results.