Edinburg Woman Requesting Illegal Dumpsite to be Cleaned Up
EDINBURG – A Rio Grande Valley woman wants to know why the county isn’t cleaning an illegal dumpsite near her home.
For seven years, Ines Gomez has been raising three sons in Edinburg. She lives blocks away from the illegal dumpsite and worries her children will be in danger when they hang around it or when the family drives by.
“It’s difficult for my kids because there is a big amount of garbage people leave there, animal carcasses and the air carries the bad smell and is terrible breathing that kind of air,” she said.
Part of the trash was on private property. The owner hired contractors to bulldoze over trees and accompanying trash.
CHANNEL 5 NEWS tried to speak with the owner but they declined to comment.
However, Gomez said she applauds the company’s efforts.
“It’s good that they have begun to clean because besides the bad odor, it is a nuisance,” she said. “I’m also afraid of Zika because there is standing water and that is how the mosquito produces.”
Hidalgo County Pct. 4 spokesperson, Lizbeth Gonzalez, didn’t give specific details on the cleanup efforts at this particular dump site.
“We have currently a seven-day shift work with our field crews that are out in the precinct. They go and they maintain all the roads that belong to the precinct. They maintain the properties that belong to us,” she said.
Gonzalez added that the county will clean up the trash on public property.