Hidalgo County Pct. 4 is seeing a spike in reports of illegal dumping, which is affecting their day to day operations.

Tony Forina, field operations director for Hidalgo County Pct. 4 said they’re getting more complaints of illegal dumping than usual, which he adds is slowing down their road and bridge crews.

“It’s not like we have 150 people ready to go and tackle each project,” said Forina. “So, the crews that we have and to be able to take them off that, is really the frustrating part for us.”

With limited employees, maintaining the roads and drainage is becoming a challenge.

“It does get frustrating after a while because it’s the same problem that keeps reoccurring,” said Forina. “You’re trying to correct the problem by solving it and somebody just comes along and keeps adding to it rather than doing their part and help out.”

Forina said it’s important for the crews to pick up the trash as soon as possible because it could clog potential water waste.

“That can result in the entire precinct being flooded rather than just problem areas that we’re trying to correct and work on,” said Forina.

While the precinct has seen an uptick in illegal dumping reports, Deputy Hector Garcia of the Hidalgo County Pct. 4 Constable’s Office says they have too. Garcia adds that they get about two to three reports a day from either the public or in some cases reports that are self-initiated by the deputies where they come across illegal dumping. 

Garcia believes a rising number of reports are being filed because people are more people aware.

“The public is getting more involved in calling the Hidalgo County Pct. 4 Commissioner’s Office or the Hidalgo County Constable’s Office to report illegal dumping.”

While a particular project hasn’t been greatly impacted, Forina wants to remind people that at the end of the day these improvements are made for the betterment of the community.

“If we can pave a road, if we can correct the patches in the roads that are not ready to pave yet, but have a pothole in it,” said Forina. “We can go and correct it and fill those potholes and make sure those roads are safe for everybody to travel on.”

Forina advised calling the constable’s office to report illegal dumping that way they can begin an investigation and then dispatch a crew to pick up the trash.