Boat ramps along the Brazos River in Waco were opened Wednesday, according to city parks employees who spent the day trying to get rid of silt and grime from the downtown riverwalk.

Workers were using a front-end loader and shovels along with a high-pressure water hose to remove the silt, which was almost eight inches thick in some spots near the Waco Suspension Bridge.

The Brazos River boat ramps were closed over the Fourth of July holiday as water flow rates were seven times higher than normal for this time of year.

The release of water into the Brazos from both Lake Waco and Lake Whitney was caused by heavy rains in May and June.

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