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Twin Oaks residents, law enforcement fed up with illegal dumping

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ANGELINA COUNTY, TX (KTRE) -

Friday wasn’t the first the time inmates from the Angelina County Sheriff’s Office picked up trash off of the road and creek near Twin Oaks Road.

"We are on this road at least four times a year picking up trash,” said Environmental Detective Donald Carroll with the Angelina County Sheriff’s Office. “This road is the one we have to deal with the most and I'd like it not to be.”

According to residents, it has been a problem in the area for a long time.

"I've been living here for 22 years, and it's ridiculous how people come by and dump out trash, throw out TVs and couches,” said Twin Oaks resident Mary Jones.

"It brings down the value of the properties, plus throwing things in waterways can generate things that are harmful to the environment,” Carroll said.

Carroll said the problem is only growing worse.

"The creek on Twin Oaks road had tires and bags of trash just everywhere,” Carroll said. “It was really bad. We just went and weighed what we got off the creek and it was over 300 pounds."

Residents said they are fed up.

"You come all the way out here to dump all your trash when you can go by the city and dump it there, pay a little small fee and get it rid of it,” Jones exclaimed. It's ridiculous, and it hurts my heart."

It’s the reason the sheriff's office is installing surveillance cameras in multiple locations across the area, serious about finding and stopping illegal dumping.

"If we can find who's doing it, they're going to be issued citations or go to jail,” Carroll explained.

It’s a solution Twin Oaks residents are in favor of.

"You don't want your mama's yard looking like this, your dad, your sister, your kids, or even want your own yard,” Jones said. “You shouldn’t put it on somebody else's road. If you don't want it on your road, you shouldn't have it on my road."

The sheriff’s office will be installing the cameras within a couple of weeks. They ask to call them with any information on who might be involved in illegal dumping.

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