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Trash piles up in canal near LSU

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BATON ROUGE - It's tough to keep up with the piles of trash that seem to never end. 

Take a walk on the Carlotta Street bridge over the canal, and you can see why.  Styrofoam cups, beer cans, and any kind of trash you can think of is smashed up against a boom. 

All the gunk from the streets around LSU ends up downstream in the canal.

Tuesday, a viewer sent News 2 a picture of an entire couch and a dresser in the canal.

The Department of Public Works cleans the canal each month, but cannot keep up with all the trash because of the sheer volume. 

It is worse when it rains, according to David Guillory with DPW.

Guillory told News 2 he has discussed surveillance with police, but that fell on the back burner because bigger crimes than littering took precedence. 

Guillory hopes to address the problem with police soon, but is not sure how to put a stop to it, since most of the littering is done at night.

People who live nearby envision a park-like area with seats and tables to connect the pedestrians and cyclists in the area, but hope the trash goes away first.

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