Fri., October 5, 2012 10:00am (EDT)

Lanier Residents Angry Over Garbage
By Associated Press
Updated: 2 years ago

OAKWOOD, Ga.  —  
Residents say garbage near Flat Creek, which empties into Lake Lanier, includes everything from cans and bottles to television sets and furniture. They said it’s like a giant island of garbage that overtakes part of the lake after it rains. (Photo Courtesy of <a href=http://www.flickr.com/photos/indi/3086938261/>Indi Samarajiva via Flickr</a>.)
Residents say garbage near Flat Creek, which empties into Lake Lanier, includes everything from cans and bottles to television sets and furniture. They said it’s like a giant island of garbage that overtakes part of the lake after it rains. (Photo Courtesy of Indi Samarajiva via Flickr.)
People living along a stretch of Lake Lanier's shoreline say something needs to be done about floating garbage they say is overtaking part of the lake after it rains.

Residents say garbage near Flat Creek, which empties into Lake Lanier, includes everything from cans and bottles to television sets and furniture.

Resident Jerry Guhl told CBS Atlanta the floating debris is like a giant island of garbage. Homeowners this week were using poles to pull bags of trash from the water.

The homeowners believe the garbage comes from storm drains that accumulate litter from people who throw their trash on the ground. They say when the drains are washed out during storms, the litter ends up in the lake.