Havelock residents on old dump living in fear

Published: Thursday, June 13, 2013 at 05:49 PM.

Residents living on or near an old dump site in the Woodhaven subdivision want answers, but they say they are having a hard time getting anyone to even hear their questions.

The residents in the Havelock area had two opportunities this week to express themselves, one during the Board of Commissioners meeting Monday night and the other during a meeting to help city staff identify potentially hazardous sites on Tuesday.

"The state has been very slow in answering the problems," Woodhaven resident Shannon Richards told commissioners Monday. "It is scary to have arsenic in your back yard or to have your house sinking."

Arsenic, thallium and iron were all found above remediation levels, according to state test results that came back last month. That has left some residents on Belltown Road and Tall Pine Road concerned about their health, their safety and their property values. Initially, just a handful of homes were believed to be located on the old dump site but now the state has identified about a dozen.

Residents in the area have reported finding a wide variety of trash under the soil in their yards. Undulating land and even small sinkholes have also been reported there.

"I don’t know what’s buried there," resident Warren Salter said during Monday’s meeting.

He said his neighbor won’t even go into her yard.

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