Tire heap causing hazard for residents of Seth Ward

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Updated: 6/17/2014 12:55 am
The West Texas landscape does not have many elevation changes, but if you head to Seth Ward, just north of Plainview, you will find a man made mountain of tires. It covers five acres, with hundreds of thousands of tires.

Harold King and Kenny Kernell are Hale county commissioners trying to get the tires removed.

"What TCEQ tells us is that there's about a half million tires and he's only supposed to have about 500 on the ground at any time," King said.

The entire five acres almost completely covered, some sections towering over fences, building and rivaling trees.

"You wouldn't want to look at it, and I wouldn't want to look at it next to our house," King said.

Kayla Keesee moved next to Tyre King Recycling in Seth Ward a year ago.

"I have a 9-year-old son who plays outside and I'm worried about snakes and the rats," she said.

She is afraid of what else could be living in the mess.

"I don't know, I know we have stray dogs and cats that are always in and out, so there's no telling what's in there," Keesee said.

Standing water within the heap has also created a breeding ground for mosquitoes.

"Of course, our complaints are coming from the large number of mosquitoes and rodents," Kernell said. "That is our primary concern at this time. But then the really large concern is the possibility of a fire."

"That would burn forever," King said. "And I don't know how many of those people we would have to evacuate."

But Keesee said she has seen some progress.

"A couple months ago they just started flattening them out and moving them out," Keelee said.

Kernell and King said progress is moving too slow.

"This issue has been turned over to the Attorney General's office and they have filed suit. We're hopeful in the near future we'll see some positive results," Kernell said.

"We haven't been able to catch up with the gentleman to serve the citation," King said.

We attempted to speak to the owner, an employee told us he may be in the hospital. No one else was able to give us a statement.
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