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Dumping Issue in Wright Island Bayou

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The Wright Island Bayou in Shreveport has plenty of neighborhoods surrounding it and families who live along it. But one area of the bayou has been plagued with a dumping problem for years and neighbors say the issue has picked back up.

Marshall Cloud lives along the Bayou near Viking Drive. He said, "Oh it's pitiful. It's a hiking trail for the local boys scouts and it's trashed with beer cans, trash, furniture it's disgusting."

Terri Byrd, who also lives in the area say their tired of someone using their bayou as a dump. "We have a sign up there that says no dumping but that doesn't seem to work."

From the street you can see a bag, there may be something in it but no one knows what, simply floating on the water. Near that a fisherman pulled a painting from out of the water. Its yet another example of the things found in the bayou, that don't belong.
Byrd said, "I've lived here 13 years and I've seen people dump all types of trash into the bayou, dead animals, furniture, computers-you name it, they've dumped it into the bayou. We've kind of taken the bayou back and cleaned it up, the neighborhood has cleaned it up, but we just don't want to see it go to waste."

The bayou is owned by various property owners who live along it but that doesn't stop the dumper from dumping. Byrd says someone should step in. "I would like the city to be more involved and to just help us out a little bit. We just don't want you to dump in our bayou."

Because the bayou is owned predominantly by the residents who live along it, city officials say there's not much they can do to help.

But that's not the only problem they're having along that end of Wright Island Bayou. Neighbors along Viking Drive say drainage is terrible. They say raw sewage comes up and flows right into the bayou as well. Cloud said, "It comes right up in our yard also. We've reported it numerous times but with it being in a school zone, you'd think they would come out here and do something about this."

City officials have been made aware of the drainage issue and are working on a plan to resolve it. But they say funding is limited.

 

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