There is something growing in an Omaha neighborhood that’s quickly becoming a danger. Neighbors want something done, but can’t get any help from the city.
The taxes haven't been paid on 5026 South 20th Street for two years. The owner is listed as a holding company out of Virginia. There is a tax lien against the property and the city filed a code enforcement on it six years ago.
Rachael Larrick lives next door and all she wants is for someone to cut the weeds. "We have people who come by, throw their trash in the yard. I've had to call the cops a couple of times because I had people squatting in there. It’s not a safe environment at all."
There are bugs, rodents and all kinds of stuff moving around in the tall weeds, which have even taken over the sidewalk. Rachael's husband had to cut the weeds back so she could move back and forth in her wheelchair. Rachael says this rundown house with the tall grass is becoming more than an eyesore as some of the weeds are beginning to dry out and the mess is becoming dangerous. “If that were to catch on fire, I mean my house would go and it’s kind of scary.”
Rachael and her husband are expecting a baby and hope this is all cleaned up before their child arrives. She says she has made phone calls to the city, but received no help.
Channel 6 News also made calls and were passed from department to department, never getting an answer to our questions.