LOCKPORT – Two High Street residents were arrested Wednesday night and charged with violating a ban on garbage picking.

Mayor Michael W. Tucker announced the ban Tuesday in the wake of the flash flood that spilled water into an estimated 600 basements Friday.

Brenda Marello, 55, and Frank W. Hermanson II, 38, were picked up at 10 p.m. Wednesday on Cottage Street. They were charged with illegal scavenging.

The city has long had a ban on garbage picking, but it has not been enforced. Tucker ordered police to do so after reports that people were picking through piles of property hauled out of flooded basements and scattered onto lawns.