Neighbors Upset Over Flood Debris Dump Site In Park
By Nicole Ferguson
NASHVILLE, Tenn. - Lauren Ferzoco looked once, twice and the third time she realized the makeshift dump in Percy Warner Park was getting higher rather than disappearing.
"It's not pretty," said Ferzoco. "It's not healthy. It's not safe to dump that stuff."
Ferzoco is just one of many people in Bellevue who are not happy with Metro's decision to make Percy Warner Park one of three temporary flood debris dump sites.
"I don't know where they can put it, who makes that decision," said one runner who stopped to take pictures of the growing trash mound. "It's certainly odd to see it here."
"At Christmas, they bring the Christmas trees here and that's fine, but this is like toxic waste," said Ferzoco. "This is a problem, a big problem."
According to the Metro Public Works Department there were specific federal and state requirements that made Percy Warner one of the few choices to locate the temporary dump sites.
"We had to get them in close proximity to where the high volume damage was, and it had to be on Metro property," said Billy Lynch, director of Metro Public Works.
Lynch said the sites, which include one off Pulley Road near the airport and Mainstream Drive in Metro Center, also needed to be accessible to large public works and contract dump trucks.
He said the sites are where debris is dumped and separated before heading to a landfill, and they have FEMA personnel onsite. Public works can be reimbursed by the federal government for contractors' work as soon as the debris is clear.
Lynch said the sites will not pose a health threat.
"No, not whatsoever, it's going to be there very short term," said Lynch. "We can't get back to normalcy until we get this moved."
Each evening, Lynch and the city receive updated stats on how much debris has been collected. Their goal is to get curb sides clear sooner than later.
"Everybody who was affected - this is their life out there, and I understand it too," said Lynch. "I have an aunt and a cousin that are in an area that was devastated, and every morning they wake up they see their life out on the street."