Verona Beach (WSYR-TV) -- Neighbors have been dealing with mounds of trash and debris surrounding their lakefront properties for the past week in Verona Beach.
It’s a sight no homeowner wants to wake up to.
“It’s all over. I don’t know where we’re going to go, what we’re going to do to ever get it out of here. We can’t use the lake as you can see from the pictures. It’s terrible,” said Verona Beach resident Larry Mulhern.
The problem started in January after ice clogged up the Erie Canal, leading into Oneida Lake. Everything from cabana frames to tires were frozen in the middle of the water. Once that ice melted, everything slowly washed ashore.
“Somebody should have been there to take care of it before they weren’t, but now it’s down the beach and in the 23 years I’ve been here, I’ve never seen it this bad,” Mulhern continued.
Now, Mulhern and his neighbor Don Miller are left to pick up the pieces. They can’t even put out their boat docks or use any of the property they’ve invested in.
“We get taxed very high for being waterfront property, but look at that. How are you going to use your waterfront property when it looks like that,” Mulhern continued.
One of the biggest safety concerns for neighbors are the trees hidden in the water.
Homeowners have reached out to town officials and state agencies in charge of the area, but haven’t heard anything back as to when the debris will be removed.
Until they do, they’ll have to deal with mounds of debris on their property that spans as far as the eye can see.
We did speak to a spokesman with the DEC who said they are now planning to meet with town officials and land owners to find out who is responsible for cleaning the debris and creating a plan to remove it. Their responsibility will be how to dispose of the trash.