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03/19/07

Big Party, Big Mess on River Street

Mopping up at Kevin Berry's. Mopping up at Kevin Berry's.
Crews already working for hours continue to sweep the streets, take down barricades and pick up the piles of trash. Crews already working for hours continue to sweep the streets, take down barricades and pick up the piles of trash.

Trash piled along River Street, the last remnants of this year's St. Patrick's Day party. Crews already working for hours continue to sweep the streets, take down barricades and pick up the piles of trash.

"Clean up is going fine," said Richard Hearst of Savannah.

Hearst has lived in Savannah his whole life and says this weekend was one of the messiest he has seen. "Overlooked the mess, it was kind of hectic, just had to work around it," he said.

That's just what everyone was doing, as quickly as possible. "We are pulling out today.  We are loading up and heading out," said Kevin Alexander with United Site Services.

Alexander had been on River Street since 4am. He was loading up one of the few things folks couldn't do without this weekend: portable bathrooms.  "It could have been a lot cleaner, but when people start drinking, you know what happens," said Alexander.

Restaurants and bars agree it could have been cleaner. They spent the morning scrubbing floors, sweeping and taking out more trash.

All along River Street were dozens of trucks, not making deliveries but picking up the mess from the weekend. Some businesses say they're even closing down for the day.

Rozenia Webb, an employee at Kevin Barry's said, "We will be open for business tomorrow at 11am when everything is nice and fresh and clean."

Even though some closed down for the day, only time will tell if the mess was worth it. Webb said the pub will know when all the proceeds are added up.

Hearst expects River Street to be back to normal by 6pm tonight.

Reported by: Christy Hutchings, chutchings@wtoc.com

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