Petersburg calls on volunteers to help clean the city

Published: Nov. 2, 2017 at 3:41 AM EDT|Updated: Nov. 4, 2017 at 4:22 PM EDT
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PETERSBURG, VA (WWBT) - Volunteers banded together in Petersburg on Saturday to help clean up the trash and overgrown brush across the city.

On any given day, in any given neighborhood, beer bottles, overgrown grass, you name it. A property on Diamond Street is currently posted for neglect due to grass and weeds being more than a foot high, which is against the city code.

"We have other areas of the city that resemble this," said Deputy City Manager Darnetta Tyus.

About 350 volunteers scoured the city and picked up the trash along roads, cemeteries, even the river.

This is one of the first initiatives by Petersburg's new leadership team to restore pride.

Cleanup began at 8 a.m. Saturday.

There was also a celebratory cookout, complete with a DJ, from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. at the Union Train Station.

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