West Tulsa neighborhood says vacant lot collects crime, garbage and snakes

Posted at 4:47 PM, Mar 17, 2017
and last updated 2017-03-17 21:21:02-04

TULSA -- A West Tulsa neighborhood is fed up with a vacant lot, which residents said is a cesspool for crime, fires, dumping, and snake infestation.

The lot sits just south of the 5600 block of west 12th St, and is overgrown with weeds and tall grass. Residents said it's what's hidden behind the foliage that's frightening the neighborhood.

"There's been people back here doing... no telling what," Andrea, a concerned resident said.

The lot is not only an eyesore, but is causing area residents some distress.

"There's people dumping back here, and people setting stuff on fire," Andrea said. "Actually, there has been people having their vehicles stolen and dumped back here [as well]." 

And if the crime wasn't enough, Andrea said she and neighbors have also heard explosions. She said there is also an excessive amount of trash.

"They have been dumping everything back here and even on the corner," Andrea said.

But it's the creepy crawlers that are really sending residents over the edge.

"We've killed a couple of copperheads," Andrea said. "I mean, baby copperheads... and usually where there is the baby there is the momma."

Residents are also fearful for area kids at play. They worry children walking by the area after school are at risk of getting bit by a snake.

For the neighborhood, enough is enough. They hope someone is held responsible, and the risk of an empty lot collecting crime and garbage will soon be a thing of the past.

2 Works for You reached out to the City of Tulsa, which did assess the property.

Officials said they are looking into the issue, and encourage residents to report these incidents in an effort to keep residents safe.

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