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Larry Shipley wants the city to clean out trash clogging a ditch near the rear of his home at Blaine Drive Southwest.
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Larry Shipley wants the city to clean out trash clogging a ditch near the rear of his home at Blaine Drive Southwest.

Hiding in plain sight

Location: Drainage ditch between Blaine and Pumpkin drives Southwest.

Description: Lawn debris and household trash are more than a foot deep in concrete ditch. During hard rains, storm water backs up and rises into backyards.

Larry Shipley, a Blaine Drive resident, said the city cleaned it out about 11/2 years ago, but neighbors have dumped leaves and grass clippings into drainage easement, allowing it to clog again.

Property owner: City of Decatur.

Responsible officials: Decatur Public Works Coordinator Julia Chenault said residents who dump yard debris in ditches are a regular problem that keeps her 11-man ditch cleaning crews busy.

As for the cleanup schedule, Chenault said her crews didn’t get to as many ditches as usual last year because they were helping with other city projects, such as installing drainage pipe or cleaning up Ingalls Harbor.

“We try to keep up with the worst ones,” she said. “Every so often, everybody will get their turn.”

Let us know: If you’re tired of seeing a dilapidated building, litter, a drainage problem or an eyesore in your neighborhood, contact The Daily newsroom at 340-2433 or news@decaturdaily .com. Call the city’s weed, junk and litter hotline to report possible violations: 341-4963.

- Paul Huggins

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