CHARLESTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- City leaders say one neighborhood's repeated flooding problems can be blamed on illegal dumping.
Heavy rains this week had neighbors on Garrison Ave. fearful of high water. Although the area is no stranger to flooding, officials say the problem has gotten worse in recent months because of the dumping.
Public Works Director Gary Taylor says his crews are constantly cleaning trash and other debris from the creek.
He says more junk arrives daily and poses a danger during rainy weather by blocking culverts.
Neighbors like Bruce Gunnoe say the culprits don't realize their dirty work puts lives and homes at risk.
"This has been the worst year for rains and the worst I've seen for flooding," he said. "The [dumping] is making everyone up here suffer."
Taylor says his crews have fished tires and even household appliances out of the creek.
He says they make a habit of cleaning it every time heavy rains are predicted, but that the trash often reappears in a matter of hours.