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Alcoa vows to clean up High Rock Lake

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SALISBURY, N.C. -- Homeowners and boaters on High Rock Lake are tired of seeing trash and debris piled up on their shoreline, and now they want something done about it.

Stanley and Diane Hall have been living on the lake for 30 years and say this is the worst they've seen it.

"When the trash is out-of-the-way we enjoy ourselves," Stanley explained.

The couple has only taken their boat out once this summer because of the amount of trash that liters the lake. They've seen bottles, tires, logs and even a dead cow and dog wash up behind their home.

Alcoa Inc., the group that manages High Rock Lake, says the lake's debris can be blamed on weather, among other things.

"We've had record flow for the year and our record books date back to the 1920s. We haven't seen this much in flow in July ever," explained Mark Gross with Alcoa.

Alcoa pays crews to clean up debris in the water and said they are now putting up more trash containers at access points around the lake. The group will also donate money to volunteer groups to cover the clean up costs.

"I'm trying to see how many river rats I get to clean up this weekend. It may be a little bit, but that goes a long way,"  said Julie Euliss, with High Rock Lake River Rats, a group that assists in lake clean up.

If you're interested in joining a cleaning crew call Julie at (336) 210--6571.