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Residents: Cordova foreclosures ruin neighborhood

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Neighbors are finally seeing some answers to their problems of trash sitting outside foreclosed homes for weeks. 

Cordova is just one of the areas in Memphis that has seen a high number of foreclosures, and hose foreclosures have left an additional problem in the neighborhoods.

When families move out, they often leave their trash behind. 

Neighbors in one Cordova community said not only is the trash offensive to look at, but it's offensive to smell as well.

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"I'd like it picked, get it out of here," Cordova resident Sheila Kline said.

Kline said she is tired of seeing the eyesore right across the street from her home. 

She said the family across the street moved out when their home was foreclosed. The family's belongings were left behind: diapers, a mattress, and even a dishwasher, all in the front yard.

"Why do we have to live next to something like that, to make us sick," Kline said.

For three weeks, Sheila has had to wait for someone to pick up the mess.

"I see the garbage trucks. Why can't they stop?" she asked. "They go up and down the road, and I know they see that stuff there."

She said this is not something she is used to and she doesn't want it to be a part of where she is living. 

"I don't want to live around something like, I've never had to," Kline said. "We pay our taxes and we try to keep our yards neat and clean."

The good news is that Shelby County officials plan to have the mess cleaned up Thursday.

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