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Metro Public Works begins picking up flood debris

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Five days after being hit by those devastating floods, people across the Midstate continue the long and painful process of picking up the pieces.

Metro Public Works clean-up crews made their way to devastated areas Tuesday to begin hauling debris away from people's homes and businesses.

And there are new concerns about something that may have caused the flooding to be even worse than it should have been.

"We lost just about everything," said flood victim Steve Kaeseman.

Kaesman's Gibson Drive home sits near Gibson Creek, which overflowed in the flash flooding, and he says he has called Metro about stormwater issues numerous times to have an old culvert replaced. But he says Metro is often slow to respond and get the drains cleaned out.

"Taxpayers help me every time I flood," he said.

He estimates $45,000 in damages after the most recent weather event.

The flood prompted Pamela Orgeron to send Mayor Karl Dean photos of the trash that helped clog up storm drains near Gibson Creek, where she found litter and even a mattress and computer in the brush.

"People treat the area more like a dumpster more than a place you'd like to live in," Orgeron said.

"Litter is a problem for a lot of reasons, and that environmental reason and clogging of drains is a big one," said Jenna Smith, with Metro Public Works.

Smith said another contributing factor is homeowners who leave trash and brush in ditches outside their homes, sometimes for days.

"Clean it out. Don't let it cause a bigger problem and cause clogging and other issues," she said.

Smith said Metro organizes at least one litter clean-up per day, and with over 38,000 drains to maintain, homeowners may be the ones left to clear drains to avoid a mess.

Those who have debris that needs to be picked up should put it on the curb, and officials said try not to park too close to it.

Those who want to take care of the debris personally can drop it off at any Metro convenience center free of charge.

Public Works is still assessing the storm damage and its affect on area roads.

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