WINNABOW -- Brunswick county has been busy cleaning up a Winnabow man's property they deemed a junkyard. But the property owner say the county did more than just clean up junk. Earlier this month the county started cleaning up Rivers's yard for him because he didn't get it done in time. But now Rivers say they destroyed some of his personal belongings in the process. Rivers has been in a battle with the county over his property for years. The county says some of the junk in his yard is contaminated and harmful to nearby neighbors. Rivers says when the county started clearing his property they went overboard. "She had flowers over there, flowers over here and a strawberry bed here." "This is beyond stepping the line," Rivers said. "People better wake up around here because what you see here could happen to you." The county says everything they hauled away fits the reasonable definition of junk and that they gave Rivers years to clean up his mess. Rivers says the recent pressure to clean up is for a different reason. "They're building all around here. They've got a big development going in down the road about a mile and a half so what does that tell you," Rivers said. "They wanted property around here -- they're not going to get it." The county says it's not interested in Rivers's property and says the Department of Environmental and Natural Resources is investigating to see if the property can be deemed a hazardous waste site. The county says after Monday they won't go back on Rivers property to clear out any more junk because their job is done. The Rivers say they plan to speak to Gov. Easley to try and get his help on the situation.
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