Clearing the ditches

City of Atmore employee Forrest Phillips operates a front-end loader to clean out the northern ditch along Hollis Street Monday, October 17, as Woodrow Lawrence waits to take a truckload of debris to the landfill. The work marks the beginning of a citywide effort to clean out clogged ditches. Mayor Jim Staff said the ditch work would consist of ditches being cleaned out along one street in each of four city sectors before workers return to the original sector and resume the rotation.