(Photo by Chinh Doan)
BELTON (May 14, 2013)--Some residents are frustrated after runoff from recent rains washed trash and debris down Nolan Creek, which is now littered with tree limbs, glass, plastic and even a child-sized car.
The creek flows through several parks in Belton, including Harris Community Park and Yettie Polk Park and resident Jeff Hardin said the accumulated debris isn’t just an eyesore, but also a safety concern.
"I wouldn't go around wading in the bank there," Hardin said.
"Sometimes that wood looks like it's solid enough that you could walk on, but I'm sure you'd fall through it if you tried to,” he said.
He's also concerned that children could get hurt.
"I see old toys and stuff down there," Hardin said.
"Little kids might try to fish something out of there, and it could be dangerous for them I'm sure."
The runoff also swept trash and debris into some backyards.
Alan Taylor, 63, cleaned up his yard because his grandchildren play in it, but says he think the upkeep of Nolan Creek should be a compromise between the city and residents.
"There's quite a bit the city can do, but it takes money, and people don't want to pay taxes or raise taxes," Taylor said.
The City of Belton says the mess is just a fact of life.
"Like many, many other waterways in Texas, when rainfall causes the elevation of Nolan Creek to rise, debris is carried downstream and sometimes left upon on the bank when the water recedes,” the city said in a statement Tuesday.
“In Belton, we recognize the creek is a precious resource and always strive to keep it clean, the city said.