Neighbors say homes damaged by storm causing eyesores

Neighbors say homes damaged by storm causing eyesores

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by TONY BURBECK / NewsChannel 36 Staff

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Posted on February 15, 2012 at 6:45 PM

Updated Wednesday, Feb 15 at 7:43 PM

GASTONIA, N.C. -- Neighbors say homes destroyed by falling trees during severe storms last spring are causing eyesores which still need to be cleaned up.

On Cramerton Road in Gastonia, you’ll find two homes a few hundred yards apart that have neither been repaired nor completely torn down, although both have significant damage.

“Just tired of seeing it,” said neighbor Marie Gantt.

Gantt says the homes were damaged around nine months ago when storms pummeled Gaston County, damaged dozens of homes and downed numerous trees.

"It's a mess.  They started cleaning it up and left it,” Gantt said about a mobile home she can see from her yard.

"A big double oak tree came down right in the middle of it.  It doesn't even look like they've started cleaning up,” Gantt said about a larger home close to the mobile home.

In both cases the trees have been cut off the homes.  You’ll still find roots sticking out of the ground and piles of debris.

Neighbors also say the homes are safety hazards for kids who might rummage through the debris.

They’re also concerned about snakes and rats infesting the two sites.

"I'd like to see it cleaned up. I'd like to see it gone because it's an eyesore,” Gantt said.  "People see that and say ‘What's the neighborhood going to?'"

The man who owns the larger home says his wife died shortly after the storm and he just hasn’t gotten around to it yet.

The woman who owns the mobile home says she has a contract dispute with a company hired to remove the house.

Both say the homes will be cleared in the next couple of months.

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