Tires dumped in Riverview neighborhood of Norfolk cleaned up by city

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UPDATE: The city of Norfolk picked up the illegally dumped tires in Riverview on Friday morning. While a spokesperson for the city originally told the tires would be cleaned Wednesday, 10 on your side learned that was delayed due to an investigation. 

“The hold up was the folks picking them up didn’t want to interfere with the investigation,” said Chief Harry Worley of Norfolk Fire-Rescue. “They are unsightly, people don’t like having them on their property, which I don’t blame them and so right now, we are trying to figure out who the perpetrators were and follow up on the leads.”

NORFOLK, Va. (WAVY) — Norfolk residents say they are sick and tired of people dumping trash and tires in their yards. 

10 On Your Side told you about one instance Tuesday in the Lindenwood neighborhood of the city, where someone dumped furniture and tires next to a home.

The vice president of the civic league says it happened several times in recent months. 

Fast forward to Wednesday, and 10 On Your Side discovered the same thing happened in the Riverview neighborhood and residents are very upset, calling the tires, “an eye sore.”

Sarah Murphy says she noticed the tires on Monday.

“I have no idea what happened,” said Murphy. “It’s against the law to illegally dump. It looks like a dumping ground now.”

Murphy said she found tires outside of her home, which have since been picked up by the City of Norfolk. However, just down the street, she saw dozens of tires in the backyard of the Christadelphian Chapel on Llewellyn Avenue. 

Josh Lagasse is a member and says he had no idea about the tires.

“No one noticed it, no one noticed it in our church and this is all new.”

He says the chapel recently dealt with a mattress and door being dumped. When Lagasse met 10 On Your Side behind the chapel, he read a notice of violation from a city inspector for accumulation of solid waste with a fine of up to $2,500 a day. 

10 On Your Side reached out to the city spokesperson for more info and the spokesperson sent a statement: “We are aware and we are collecting the tires today. Many thanks to the citizens who reported the issue. Our code enforcement staff will work with the Fire Marshal to try and determine who is dumping the tires.”   

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