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Neighbors upset with tall grass growing at vacant east Tulsa home

Posted at 7:36 PM, Jun 23, 2016
and last updated 2016-06-23 21:49:34-04

TULSA- Grass is growing out of control at a vacant home in east Tulsa leaving neighbors to grow more and more concerned about their safety. 

Nobody's lived in the home for more than two years, but the grass keeps growing and violations keep coming. 

Some in the neighborhood got out last year to maintain it; a practice they say they'll do again if it keeps their homes safe. 

"It's so disgusting, it makes me want to scream." said neighbor Wendy Rowe. 

That's how Rowe describes the view outside her windows each and every morning. 

That's why last Summer her kids took down the weeds themselves. 

"This is a major eyesore. There's rattlesnakes, there's mosquitoes, rats, mice," she said. 

But one rainy Spring later, the grass is towering once again, and neighbors feel there may now be more than wildlife roaming around. 

"If someone's in there burglarizing it or doing a meth lab or kids in there messing around." said Beverly Smith. " We don't feel that's safe."

The City of Tulsa say it's inundated with neighbors wanting lawn mowers to hit the pavement. 

Directors say there's no money for nisance abatement for now. 

Many like Rowe say they don't mind clearing the land for the sake of their home. 

But it could be a risky move. 

"The City of Tulsa cannot condone that because it's actually trespassing." said Dwain Midget, City of Tulsa Director of Community Development  and Transportation. 

Their advice? Stay patient

Crews plan on chipping away at their queue once the city's new budget kicks in July 1. 

"I'm not saying all the tall grass and weeds will be mowed Friday, but we will be on the ground, hot and heavy," said Midget. 

A sign of relief for this east Tulsa cul-de-sac . 

"We're proud of our neighborhood and we want it to stay nice." said Smith. 

To get an overgrown property like this near you on the city's list to mow, they say you'll need to call customer care. 

You can also go online to register at https://www.cityoftulsa.org/reporting/property-maintenance.aspk.

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