Help From Our Friends Results in Removal of a Tire Weighing 2100 Pounds
In mid-July as the StreamSweepers crew was moving down the Rapidan River in the area near Raccoon Ford they discovered a tire like they had never seen before. On first glance it looked much like the large tractor tires they routinely find, but on further inspection and digging, it became apparent that this tire was over 6 feet in diameter and about three feet wide and mostly submerged in unyielding sediment and heavy muck. After spending about a half hour sizing up the situation and knowing that there was a lot more river to cover that day the StreamSweepers crew knew that this tire would have to be revisited. A plan was developed and a day was scheduled to go after the big tire. Needless to say after 5 hours of work with 5 people the crew was only able to get it to budge about an inch.
Determined to have this tire removed from the river, the crew began to consider who they knew that might have the proper equipment to get the job done. StreamSweepers called on Dominion Energy as their Foundation has been a supporter of the program. Their construction crew based in Orange was eager to help! Below are some photos and videos of their skilled efforts which resulted in a big clean up for the Rapidan. We’re grateful for the can-do spirit of this group who worked voluntarily to get the job done!