Lufkin's VFW seeking help to clean up tornado-polluted pond

LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) - By Jena Johnson - bio | email

LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) – The December tornado damage is far from over.  As the Lufkin VFW rebuilds, they're asking for help to clean up their pond polluted  by storm debris.

What's left of the December storm has spilled over to the VFW pond.

Resident Bobby Jackson spotted something she's missed for months.

"So, that's probably my trash can," said Jackson.

Along with her garbage can plywood, a metal roof and scattered debris claim one side of the pond. VFW manager Michael Daniel says these things threaten wildlife.

"There's lots of birds out here and there's a lot of ducks and there's a lot of fish in there," said Daniel.

Daniel says he enjoys feeding the ducks, but Monday afternoon they were nowhere in sight. Residents like Jackson find this disheartening.

"The storm was so catastrophic and it really made it look bad because the pond is beautiful," said Jackson.

Daniel says with the amount of junk in the pond, they need a lot of help to drag it out.

"Bring a flat bottom boat out here and help us drag it, they'd be more than welcome," said Daniel.

Daniel says the pond desperately needs attention, but for now, they're focused on rebuilding the VFW, so veterans have a place to call home.

"It was totally destroyed. I mean we have a lot of members out here and a lot of them come out here for barbecues and fish fries and stuff like that," said Daniel.

Veterans and neighbors want to see this polluted pond get back to a beautiful pond.

"Lufkin, the VFW needs help cleaning out the pond. It's a beautiful pond and they need help," said Jackson.

If you want to help clean out the pond, call the VFW at 936-634-4133.

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