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Lynchburg Parks & Rec raising money to repair miles of damaged trails

The Blackwater Creek trail was one of the many trails damaged by flooding. (WSET)

LYNCHBURG, Va. (WSET) -- The Lynchburg Parks and Recreation has started a GoFundMe campaign in an effort to restore part of the Creekside Trail.

After the College Lake Dam overflowed and was drained back in August, many of the area streams and parks suffered major damage.

According to Parks & Recreation, three bridges were washed out, 300 trees were downed, there were 40 new sandbars and 45 areas of stream bank erosion.

They are hoping to raise $10,000 through GoFundMe to make the necessary repairs to the parks and trails.

The Creekside Trail System took 45 years to fund and build and a mere 2 hours to be washed away. The iconic trail infrastructure has provide thousands of hours of both passive and active recreation opportunities.

FEMA came to Lynchburg after the flooding and decided not to make a disaster declaration. Due to this Parks & Recreation has to raise money through other means.

You can donate to their fundraiser and learn more here.

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