Tons of dead wood and debris clog the Leon River at a bridge on State Highway 236 near Mother Neff State Park in Coryell County.

Tim Orwig

MOODY — A logjam of dead trees and debris, building for more than a year, has choked the Leon River on the north side of a bridge on State Highway 236 near Mother Neff State Park.

“The logjam presents the opportunity for injury to anyone who would try to walk across it,” Park Superintendent Leah Huth said. “It also impedes the flow of the river, and it just looks bad.”

Huth has enlisted the support of the Texas Department of Transportation to try to clear the blockage under the bridge.

“TxDOT has worked very well with us, but it is difficult to reach the logs with heavy equipment until the water is almost at flood stage,” she said.

Alternating drought and flooding along the Leon has resulted in the accumulation of tons of large tree trunks intermingled with trash.

The jam at the bridge Thursday included an ice chest and a discarded refrigerator.

The river flooded its banks in 2007 and waterlogged trees along the banks. Large elm, hackberry and pecan trunks, inundated for three months, lost feeder roots. A severe drought that followed the flood dried the river bank, killing hundreds of trees, Huth said.

Recent rains — more than 4 inches in June — got the river flowing again and the logs jammed against the bridge.

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