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Hidden hydrant

Photos by Andrea Bruner

City employee Sam Price helps clear a path to a hydrant, completely hidden in the vegetation, on North Central Avenue at the base of the driveway for Cup'd Up Calls. Batesville Fire Chief Brent Gleghorn said firefighters and other city employees would be cleaning up overgrown vegetation around fire hydrants — and that included flower beds, shrubs, etc. “If we have a fire, their flower beds are of no concern to us,” he said, noting there is a state law that prohibits flower beds from being planted around hydrants. “We had a couple dozen or so (hydrants) that needed cleaning up around.”