Published: Apr 30, 2014 5:08 PM EDT
Updated: Apr 30, 2014 5:14 PM EDT

CAPE CORAL, Fla. - A Cape Coral canal clean-up is decades overdue. There's garbage tossed everywhere and trees blocking pipes. The city says the canal north of Kismet Parkway on NE 28th St and NE 20th Ct. is severely overgrown.

Neighbors say the canal has become a breeding ground for alligators. City crews are working to clear the area near the Yellow Fever Creek Preserve.

"It's something getting done. I've been here 12 years. I haven't seen anything. Nothing. The only thing they do is collect my taxes!" said Cape Coral resident David Bovard.

The Cape Coral property is right next to Lee County's 20/20 land. In an effort to clean up the area, and increase water flow, Lee County cleaned out its side of the canal a couple weeks ago, replacing old pipes previously buried in the brush.

"We have some storm-water issues in this area that hopefully this will help improve," said Cape Coral Maintenance Division Manager Chris Camp.

Along with fully grown trees, and years of growth, crews have already cleared out dumped items including what appears to be an old shotgun.

Gary Baker lives next to that 20/20 property. He's never seen severe flooding here, but says any help is appreciated.

"If they haven't done it in a long time, the canals really need to be cleaned out, and if it will prevent any flooding in the future. If they drain where there's no water there? That would be better for us, and we don't have to worry about it standing on our street," said Baker.

The work is expected to continue the rest of the week