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Yakima neighborhood cleanup overwhelms volunteers

Associated Press - August 30, 2009 5:55 PM ET

YAKIMA, Wash. (AP) - The first official cleanup day in northeast Yakima was so successful it's stretching out into a few days.

Residents piled up so much garbage and yard debris in four hours on Saturday that 80 or more volunteers and eight to 10 city workers couldn't keep up.

As a result, Tammy Regimbal of the Community and Economic Development office says city crews will pick up the rest of the junk on Monday.

The cleanup was focused on economically depressed neighborhoods around Barge-Lincoln Elementary School on North Fourth and I streets. Residents put out dozens of old appliances and hundreds of old tires, among other refuse.

The project was conceived by two interns in Portland State University's Urban Studies program, Cherize Ramirez and Greg Harpel of Yakima.

Information from: Yakima Herald-Republic, http://www.yakima-herald.com

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