Illegal Dumping Continues in San Benito Neighborhood
NEAR SAN BENITO – On the outskirts of San Benito lies a neighborhood that has been transformed into a dumpsite.
Trash and tires line almost the entire stretch of Leal Road.
Authorities say the 4-year-long problem has gotten better since last year, but those who live there say the issue has only grown worse.
CHANNEL 5 NEWS first reported on illegal dumping here a year ago, prompting an immediate response by Cameron County maintenance crews.
On Wednesday, those who visit will find a graffiti-covered sign that warns illegal dumping comes with a fine of at least $500.
However, many agree the activity has not gone down.
Leal Road resident Eliazar Cortez says he’s seen tires, trash, and garbage bags been dumped in the area.
“We like to have our place clean. People (are) just dumping stuff left and right,” he tells us.
He says dogs are another nuisance brought out by the trash.
Resident Ana Laura Garredo says she took in some of them.
“It’s not pleasant, it looks bad - the trash - and there’s also a lot of dogs,” she says.
For many, the dump has become another house chore.
Residents on Leal Road have resorted to picking the garbage up themselves. They say it’s the temporary solution as their frustration grows.
“We're cutting the grass, we have to stop to pick up their mess, not ours,” adds Cortez.
CHANNEL 5 NEWS can report one change from last year: dumped old furniture was not seen on the road. It’s a start, they say, that still provides no comfort.
Sgt. Andrew Gonzalez with Cameron County Constable Precinct 5 advises anyone who spots stray animals, garbage piles or anyone dumping to call 956-427-8052.
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