Spring melt reveals winter’s worth of trash

WEST SENECA, N.Y. (WIVB) – Even on a seasonable spring day, the effects of a rough winter won’t go away.

David Monolopolus of West Seneca said, “After the snow melted, it doesn’t look pretty.”

Spring cleaning is never fun but in West Seneca’s Lexington Green neighborhood, they’re faced with a bigger clean up than ever before due to flash flooding earlier this year.

Peter Balistreri said, “It’s a big mess; right now I’m currently on like my sixth bag in an hour. The debris that it washed up was leaves, stuff that was in the creek, little rodents and everything else.”

Monolopolus added, “This is the most I’ve ever seen, ever. I’ve lived here 29 years and there is just debris everywhere. If you drive through the streets there are just sticks and bottles and cans and mud and all kinds of debris that had come out of the creek because the creek overran its banks and took out all the things that was in the way.”

Thankfully they won’t have to do it all alone. Local Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts will be working together with residents for an event called “Operation Clean Sweep” on April 26 and 27.

“Food’s been donated from different vendors and we are going to have a cookout and a barbeque and help everyone clean up and get their neighborhood back in shape, we hope,” Monolopolus said.

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