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Blight causes rodent issues for Flint residents

Published: Mar. 3, 2021 at 11:24 PM EST
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FLINT, Mich. (WJRT) - Some Flint residents are fed up with blight in their neighborhood.

They say the issues have become so bad they are now dealing with rodents in their homes.

“If I have to live with the germs from mice and rodents and that it’s going to kill me,” said Janice Berryman.

She has been living in her south side Flint home for over 70 years. She says a vacant house on Alvord Avenue that sits just a few doors down from her home has been giving her and her neighbors problems for years and now she says rodents have decided to move in.

“There’s all kinds of varmints in that yard, which is why we have the infestation of the mice too,” Berryman said.

Her neighbor, Roger Williams, has been helping her take care of the mice infestation in her home. However, he said living right next door to the house has created some issues in his home as well.

“I caught one woodchuck that was chewing on the siding of the house, you know, tried to burrow underneath the addition. And you know I can’t have that,” Williams said.

The neighbors say they’ve reached out to the city of Flint asking for the home to be torn down. Mayor Sheldon Neeley’s office issued a statement saying city staff are keeping an eye on the house.

“This property is privately owned. It is being actively monitored by our Neighborhood Safety Officers who recently responded to a complaint about the property and will continue to enforce all applicable laws,” said Marjory Raymer, director of communications for the city of Flint.

Berryman said she will continue to ask the city for help until the house is torn down.

“If the city won’t move on it, you know, I don’t know what else to do,” she said. “I just, I’m begging for help. I’m begging to have the house come down.”

The city is asking residents to report all blight issues by contacting the Fight Blight Department. Residents can report blight issues by calling 810-237-2090, emailing FightBlight@CityOfFlint.com or using the city’s online reporting tool.

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