Memphis resident wants help with trashed-out neighborhood

By Justin Hanson - bio | email

MEMPHIS, TN (WMC-TV) - An Action News 5 viewer is tired of dealing with her trashed-out neighborhood.

At first glance, it looks like someone just pushed their clothing out of the windows of a vacant house in the Davidson subdivision near Orange Mound before moving out.

Friday, DeLois Casey said she recently complained to the city's code enforcement office, but nothing happened.

"They got each side of the house, clothes coming down from the attic, and you want to keep your neighborhood looking nice," Casey said.

Casey, who has lived in the neighborhood for 45 years, is growing increasingly tired of the mess.

"I've called about this lot since 1965," se said. "They said they couldn't get back there, the city."

Casey has never noticed anyone actually living here in the house, but she did notice when she got up Friday morning that the door was open. Obviously, she said, someone has been in and out of the house.

On top of the weeds and tall grass, Casey says there are other problems.

"Rats, like that, snakes...I usually put sulphur down to keep snakes away," she said.

Though she's never been scared, Casey believes all this mess is a nuisance.

"Vacant houses, it draws crime, you know that, you're in the business, you see more of this than I do," she said.

But no matter what, Casey says she's staying put.

"I got too old to move," she said. "I can't go anywhere else."

Action News 5 left two messages at Memphis city code enforcement Friday about Casey's problem.  At the time this story was posted, our calls had not been returned.

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