Miami neighborhood now sits adjacent to debris dump site after Hurricane Irma

There are six sites in Miami-Dade County where debris from Hurricane Irma is being dumped and processed.

But only one of those dump sites sits adjacent to a residential community, and the people who live in that neighborhood are not happy.

What residents of the Northpark at Scott Carver development in Miami see every day is an unsightly, smelly and unhealthy mountain of storm debris and trash.

"On Oct. 7, I started to see trucks unloading in this open lot," Sonya Brown-Wilson said. 

The trucks have kept on coming for weeks after the storm and the debris piles continue to rise to about 30 feet in the air.

"I have one resident, Ms. Clark, who lives directly in front and she’s complaining about her breathing. She has to put on a mask when she comes outside," Joanna Janvier said.  

Several residents of the development and surrounding areas said the dump is making them sick.

"I'm not feeling very healthy," Kimberly Smith said. "I'm not feeling well."

No one wants a dump across the street from where they live, but the residents of Northpark said they found it there one day in early October with no warning.

"One of the biggest injustices that has happened in this case is the failure to inform, consult with and speak with residents who were going to be directly impacted by this dump behind us," said Meena Jagannath with the Community Justice Project. 

One resident showed Local 10 News reporter Michael Putney a letter from Miami-Dade Solid Waste, saying the trucks would stop dumping Nov. 1, but Putney saw trucks still arriving Friday afternoon.

"And I want to know, how long is this going to be?" one woman asked.

Miami-Dade County officials said the dump area should be cleaned up by January. 

This BBSNews article was syndicated from News | WPLG, and written by News | WPLG. Read the original article here.