Neighborhood dumping ground becomes eyesore

March 12, 2010 10:02:26 AM PST
There's a big mess in northeast Harris County. Neighbors say someone's been dumping TVs, tires and other debris in the Rio Vella subdivision and they're asking for help cleaning it up. There's a lot of trash around a popular fishing spot along Wallisville Road. Dumping isn't anything new, but residents believe it has picked up over the last few years. It's no longer just a tossed bottle here or a dumped tire there. The debris has grown as people have even dropped several dozen TVs at the site. Some of those junked televisions burned in a recent fire, causing concerns about environmental hazards along the grounds and in the water.

"We have to see this every day. It's just getting worse and worse each week," said nearby resident Curtis Spurlock. "People are dumping roofing shingles, TVs, tires, beer bottles, just trash in general."

The Rio Vella subdivision is about half a mile away, but residents can't get in and out without passing this dumping ground. Frustrated homeowners are willing to pitch in on a cleanup effort, but they're hoping to bring some attention to the problem and get some assistance from county leaders.

We developed this story through our partnership with Houston Community Newspapers. You can read more in the Lake Houston Sentinel.


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