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Bryan Resident Hoping For Cleanup of Burton Creek

Recent rains are flushing out area creeks and pushing garbage through some neighborhoods.

Now there are some trash troubles at Burton Creek and a homeowner is hoping the city will step in to help.

It's a sad sight to see for Virginia Kettler.

Her backyard oasis off Burton Creek in Bryan resembles more of a dumping ground after heavy rains flushed trash in from further upstream.

She believes most of it's coming from the park across from Henderson Elementary School a few hundred yards away.

"They tend to throw it in the creek and then it washes down and lodges all along the banks here it's very unsightly. Most of us try to keep our yards in good shape," said Kettler.

A lot of stuff has been flowing through Burton Creek after record rainfall. The spillway was fairly full by Kettler's home just last Thursday while the creek overwhelmed 29th Street on February 3rd.

While we don't know exactly who's dumping all this trash Virginia Kettler hopes the city will put up some no littering signs here at the park.

It turns out it's not a city park after all but the site is actually maintained by Bryan ISD.

Bryan Communications Manager Allen Bruggman tells us city crews will do maintenance from time to time inside the creek.

"It's something that we don't necessarily like to do you're pulling them away from their normal job. And their normal job is not picking up trash... Everyone needs to do their part," said Bruggman.

Kettler says cleaning up is a daily project on her property on Esther Boulevard.

Drivers even leave trash behind too. She's called this place home 42 years.

"They try to throw it for some reason they want to throw it in the creek and they throw it and it lands in the yard or on the gutter instead of in the creek. I pick up trash every morning out there," she said.

Loving the water but not some of the things that get caught in its path.

While Virginia Kettler is disappointed with the litter she says Bryan drainage crews are doing a good job of keeping the creek flowing, removing limbs and other debris just about every week.

Bryan ISD officials tell us they are sending out a crew Thursday to look into the problem and see if they can help.

Bryan residents can report problems in their neighborhood creeks by calling (979) 209-5900.


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