Coombs Creek is a rough, uncut gem in our neighborhood. In other parts of Dallas, Coombs Creek has been cleaned up and trails have been built. Here, the creek itself is barely visible from the street because of dense foliage: trees, bushes and shrubs have gone untrimmed for many years. And the recent monsoons in Dallas have left very high weeds growing wildly along the street.
Can you see the creek in the photo below? I didn’t think so. Follow this link to see how other parts of the creek in South Dallas have been cleared, and include walking trails.
Yesterday, a City crew appeared to mow and trim weeds along our section of Coombs Creek. Hooray! When the weeds get high, people drive along the creek in our hood and throw out their trash: garbage, old tires, TV sets, cats and dogs they no longer want. Sometimes the cats and dogs are just turned loose along the street. Then, local residents have to call animal control to pick up strays. Sometimes, small kittens and puppies are stuffed into plastic yard bags while they’re still alive and thrown along the side of the road. You read that right. Suffocation seems to be a popular way of disposing of unwanted animals.
Here’s the scene yesterday before the crew started mowing.
What a difference ten minutes makes.
The Code Department did its job well. The crew chief told me that cleaning up the creek bed isn’t the responsibility of Code: it’s the responsibility of Dallas Flood Control. Who knew?