Trash in drainage ditch sparks flooding concerns

The Harris County Flood Control District is looking into a report that a pile of trash in a northeast Houston ditch is getting in the way of the water flow and poses a risk for flooding.

January 10, 2013 3:40:41 AM PST
A pile of trash left in a northeast Houston ditch is never a pretty sight for nearby residents, but on rainy days, they become more concerned it will cause flooding.

Neighbors say a drainage ditch in the 4800 block of Jones Street has been the home of a pile of furniture, carpet and tires for six months. They say it obstructs the flow of water, and despite their cries for help, it remains.

"It's going to eventually back up and flood everybody around here," neighbor Charlotte Grawl said. "And the pile is getting larger, and no one is doing anything about it."

Residents say they have complained to 311 and the Harris County Flood Control District.

In a statement to Eyewitness News, flood district spokesperson Mike Talbott said the agency was first notified of the situation on Wednesday.

"The Flood Control District's Property Management Department will investigate the site and if it is determined to be blocking the flow of stormwater, will assign crews to remove the mattresses and debris from the channel, which is a Hunting Bayou tributary," Talbott said in the statement.

When we checked with the city of Houston, a spokesperson said its Inspections & Public Services Division found "no records of citizen complaints concerning nuisances or illegal dumping" on that street.

The city says Houston residents can report any nuisances, blight and other neighborhood issues by calling city's 311 hotline, or by submitting reports and service requests online at

Meanwhile, residents near Jones Street hope someone cleans up the trash before the next big rain.

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