Illegal dumping has created more than an eyesore in one Omaha neighborhood, it’s become an environmental hazard.
"I go around the neighborhood once in awhile." Mitch Gagne lives up the street from a closed fast food restaurant near 62nd and Ames with an open back lot that's become a drive-thru for illegal dumping.
"You got a car full of junk, you just zip and keep on going, nobody is going to see you." Gagne has seen the dumping grow with tires and TVs added in just one night. The more people who sneak through here and see that, they'll get the idea, hey I can dump something here, too."
But it's what's leaking from containers that makes cleanup a sticky situation. The sign on the dumpster says oil is prohibited, but illegal dumpers don't pay attention to that. The containers are full of some substance that looks like oil and it appears oil and water do mix if you follow the drain trail. "Who knows what other kind of hazmat they'll dump in here like the oil," said Gage.
What's dumped behind the closed restaurant is a concern for neighboring Ames Avenue businesses trying to keep a clean image. "When people drive from out of town it'll be nice for them to see a nice street," said one business owner.
A resident for 25 years, Gagne says illegal dumpers have left more behind than hazardous trash. "Disrespect for the neighborhood."
Fact Finders left a message for the property realtor and notified the city about the illegal dumping at that location.