Rowlett residents gripe about trash in Lake Ray Hubbard



Posted on April 16, 2012 at 7:13 PM

Updated Tuesday, Nov 26 at 3:58 AM

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This month's heavy rain was good news for lake levels in North Texas, but it came with a price.

Garbage has now washed up along the Lake Ray Hubbard shoreline along Rowlett Road.

When WFAA viewers sent us photos of the debris, we sent a news crew out to see for ourselves.

Neighbors said the trash is piling up in the northern corners of Lake Ray Hubbard, making the entrance to Rowlett an eyesore.

The garbage stretches about a half an acre on each side of the entrance. Neighbors said howeowners with boat docks have to dodge the garbage to get out on the lake.

They want the City of Dallas to tidy up the eyesore.

"I think Dallas should be a good neighbor," Carolyn Bryant. "I don't believe this would be tolerated in Dallas, and they should be a good neighbor to Rowlett and those who use this road. I think they should clean this up."

The City of Dallas said water utility workers determined the garbage isn't hazardous and won't impact the lake's water quality.

Officials say that when people litter, their trash ends up in area streams and creeks, flowing into area lakes.

There's still no word on when the mess will get cleaned up. We'll keep checking, and will let you know what happens.