For the next several days, the Greenwood Fire Department will conduct controlled burns to remove rubbish at the site of a collapsed wastewater line near the levee along East Claiborne Avenue.

The  late-February collapse of the wastewater line, which carries about 60% of the city’s sewage, caused a portion of the ground to cave in.

Since its collapse, a bypass pump has been set up to ensure sewage water is still sent to a nearby pumping station.

In order for the city to dig up and fix the collapsed line, trees, shrubbery and other overgrowth had to be removed from the site of the cave-in, McAdams said.

Initially, the plan was to haul off all the rubbish to the landfill, but that would have cost $50,000, the mayor said. Instead she asked Fire Chief Marcus Banks if his firefighters could conduct controlled burns to get rid of the rubbish.

There are four piles of rubbish. One pile was  burned Wednesday.

The mayor said the rest of the piles will be burned each day or every other day, depending on the weather.

Once all the rubbish has been cleared, and when the land is dry, the city will dig up and fix the collapsed line, McAdams said.  

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