Emerald Lakes residents are tired of tires

MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WMBF) – Neighbors behind the Myrtle Beach Speedway are concerned the property near their backyard is starting to resemble a junk yard. Tires are stacked up behind the houses in Emerald Lakes.

The tires are a result of the cleanup during the county's drainage project around the Emerald Lakes area. The property borders the Myrtle Beach Speedway and is prone to flooding. The owners of the speedway say the tires were left over from previous owners and were hidden in brush and overgrowth before the clean up project began.

The county confirms that many of the tires were uncovered during the drainage project and that the speedway has contacted a recycling facility to help remove the left over mess.

In the mean time, neighbors are stuck with their backyard resembling a junkyard. They are concerned about what may happen if the pile isn't gone soon.

"The home for mosquitoes and snakes and whatever if that sits there and collects water. Not to mention, it just doesn't look good, its trashy," says Nancy Leftwich, who has lived in the area since 1996.

The owner of Myrtle Beach Speedway understands why the neighbors are upset and says it is a work in progress. The speedway says the tires are currently stacked in order to dry out before being sent to go-kart tracks in the area.

"It would be easy for me to send the tires off to a landfill. But I'm trying to find alternatives, like sending them to go-kart tracks. its something that they need, every go kart facility has, tires, a barrier for when people run into the walls," explains Robert Lutz, owner of Myrtle Beach Speedway.

WMBF confirmed with Moree's Paradise Speedway in Dillon that they received tires from the speedway and are looking for more. Lutz says he is working to schedule another truck delivery and plans to have all of the junk removed within three weeks.

Lutz says it is important to him and his staff that they maintain a clean property.

"Hopefully everyone has some patience and can look at what we've done with the front end of the property and know that's what we want to do with the back end."

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