EL PASO, Texas (KFOX14) — Water was pumped from an overflowing canal in the Upper Valley and crews are waiting for the mud to dry up before revisiting the area, according to Lisa Aguilar, administrative officer with El Paso County Water Improvement.
On Wednesday, water from an overflowing canal made it into some backyards and pools.
The canal was blocked by trash and debris on Boy Scout Lane near Braden Aboud Park, according to EPCWI.
EPCWI is expected to revisit the area Monday, according to Aguilar.
The incident comes as El Paso Water Utilities, El Paso Environmental Services Department
and the El Paso County Water Improvement District #1 launched a campaign to bring awareness on illegal dumping in El Paso.
More than 140,000 pounds of litter was found in the El Paso area in 2017, according to EPWU.
“[The litter is] a lot. A lot more than what we want to worry about. Really it comes down to us taking some responsibility and not dumping illegally,” said Kurt Fenstermacher, deputy director El Paso Environmental Services.
The three agencies unveiled an elephant-status sculpture made up of debris Thursday in central El Paso near a canal on the list to be cleaned.
The sculpture was put together by artist Jason Brewer.
“The elephant here really is this picture of the waste. It’s the elephant in the room that we don’t talk about too often,” said Fenstermacher.
A fine for illegal dumping can cost up to $4,000, according to Fenstermacher. Anyone who spots illegal dumping is asked to call 311.