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Snakes and mosquitos: Residents raise concerns about bayou

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Overgrowth and trash fill this stagnant body of water in Shreveport, and now residents want the city to clean it up. Overgrowth and trash fill this stagnant body of water in Shreveport, and now residents want the city to clean it up.
SHREVEPORT, LA (KSLA) -

Residents in a Shreveport neighborhood are speaking out about concerns with stagnating body of water behind their homes, after seeing abnormal amounts of mosquitoes and snakes.

Agnes Cole is a home owner on Seneca Trail near Cherokee Park Elementary School. She contacted KSLA claiming she's having trouble near her house and she's asking the City of Shreveport to do something about it. "This drainage ditch behind my home is filthy, it's overgrown, the water is stagnated and it's drawing mosquitoes and snakes."

Cole runs a small daycare in her home, and says she has taken special precautions because of the snake sightings. "I can't even allow the children to come out and play from the snakes. We found a snake in that little jungle gym over there and it wasn't too pretty."

Neighbor Louann Brooks lives just two doors down and says she also has trouble with snakes in her yard. "When we see them, we get away from them. There was one a while back, see this tree over there?" Brooks asks, pointing to a tree in her yard. "There was a big one curled up right there by that tree."

KSLA called Shreveport Public Works to find out if it is the city's responsibility to maintain the bayou, or if it's up to the homeowners. Director Stan Harris says that the body of water behind Cole and Brook's homes is "an unnavigable river or stream," and that means it is the homeowner's responsibility for the upkeep. Cole disagrees. "That is not a bayou, that's a drainage ditch."

Anderson Tollis wants to meet halfway, asking the city to come clean it up now and then the homeowners would maintain the property. "I don't think anybody should take over something that we can do ourselves, but some things are just too massive for us to handle ourselves. We don't have the equipment to cut down this overgrowth that we have here."

Cole added that if the body of water is her responsibility to maintain, she would still like to see the city come spray for mosquitoes more often.

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