Volusia County, Florida – An area in Volusia County is littered with trash after historic flooding caused by Tropical Storm Ian.
People living near Ellison Avenue in New Smyrna Beach are desperate for trash collection.
Jake and Brandi Gray LaFrance live on Lake Drive. The rain from Tropical Storm Ian flooded a nearby lake and severely flooded your home. I had to throw almost everything away.
“It’s really heartbreaking. We have a dollhouse that my daughter bought for Christmas. It’s completely submerged,” said Jake.
All the trash is now in place. Family members and others who live in the neighborhood want to know when it will be adopted. Brandy called the county and city trying to find answers.
“And I had them look up our address to make sure you were coming. They said sure you were coming to this address.”
Their address appears to be in New Smyrna Beach, but technically much of the neighborhood is in the unincorporated County of Volusia.
FOX 35 has reached out to the county. A spokesperson said the cleanup process will take time due to the large amount of debris. They point to historical damage and ask residents to be patient.
The county issued the following statement, saying pickups are expected to begin next week.
“This debris in the Ellison Avenue and Lake Drive areas is construction and demolition (C&D) debris, not household waste. There are additional areas in New Smyrna Beach with similar flood debris. Debris removal is ready to begin and the contractor’s goal is to make a pass when most of the debris is out. You can get close to removing most of it.