Gone to the Dumps

Gone to the Dumps. Dump trucks carrying storm debris rattle nerves of some residents in Sylmar. More than two hundred trucks an hour carrying storm debris have to pass through a quiet residential neighborhood on the way to the county dirt dump.

A "relentless parade." That's what some residents of Sylmar are saying about the constant stream of huge dump trucks that have been rumbling through their once quiet neighborhood.

The trucks shake, rattle, and roll through the area at a rate of more than two hundred trucks an hour, six days a week,  from 7 in the morning to 6 at night.

Some residents say they can't sleep, others say they get headaches from the smell of the lingering diesel fumes, while a few have resorted to wearing ear plugs to dampen the noise.

Where are these trucks headed? And what are they carrying?

Their destination is the Los Angeles County dirt dump. Their payload, dirt and debris, and lots of it.

The goal is to move more than 1 million cubic yards of dirt gathered from over-taxed debris basins in fire and flood-stricken areas.

The county’s department of public works says it’s sincerely sorry for what these residents have had to endure, but the dirt has to go somewhere.

There is a silver lining for the rattled residents. A spokesman for county public works says the storm debris will soon be moved via an alternate route and away from the homes.

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