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Resident calls Waco street "Dead dog road"

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A Waco street is turning into a landfill and residents are nicknaming it, "dump road" and "dead dog road."

Surrounding residents say they want something to be done about the street. Apparently a lot of people have been illegally dumping on 16th Street near the Rosemound Cemetery in Waco. People living nearby say this has been going on for a long time and something needs to change.

"A lot of trash, always trash, always," business owner Lyndon Aycock said. "If you have any junk you want to throw away, travel out here."

Aycock owns Billy Aycock's Convenience store on 12th street, a couple blocks away from the dirty street. He's driven down that road to work for 44 years. He says it's been a problem for a while but recently it's gotten worse.

"Everybody got accustomed to it, that's why everybody dumps out there you know," Aycock said.

Aycock sees mattresses, old fans, toys, trash, brush piles and even dead dogs on the street. Deputy Billy Hughes with the city of Waco Solid Waste Services says people dump anything and everything probably because it's a dark, secluded street.

Hughes also says it's a constant battle to clean up streets like this. He says volunteers from Goodwill can help clean, but when there's a dead dog, the city comes in for health concerns.

To help stop people from illegally dumping, Hughes can put up game cameras to catch people in the act. Then he can find them through license plates and have them clean it up. Hughes says they can also put up signs saying "No Dumping" but many times those won't deter people.

"The city got a problem out there and what they can do about it is not easy to figure out," Aycock said.

Hughes says he does not control where signs go but he'll call another department and try to convince them to put a sign on the street.

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