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Northeast Baltimore neighborhood asking city for help with rats and trash

Posted at 5:28 PM, Sep 17, 2020
and last updated 2020-09-17 17:29:48-04

BALTIMORE — Regina Willis wants her neighborhood clear of rats. She lives in the McElderry Park neighborhood.

"I have two more years before I'm done paying for my home," she said. "I'm not going to be ran off by rats."

Willis says she's called the city along with 311 but to no avail.

"They said because the problem is on a neighbor's property, they need the neighbor's permission," said Willis.

Willis told WMAR the property is abandoned.

"It's not just one rat," she said. "There are thousands of them."

The situation is made worse because neighbors aren't disposing of their trash properly. There are also the abandoned properties which neighbors are making a home in.

"They're nesting, breeding and feasting," said Willis.

Kelly Rochelle told WMAR most people have become numb to seeing rats.

"Sure they're scary," said Rochelle. "They are out all day, all night. It doesn’t matter. They have no fear. You can walk by them and they don’t run away. They’re huge they’re big and it’s really scary. I try to ignore them."

We reached out to Baltimore City's Department of Public Works, sending pictures of the situation. A spokesperson said a supervisor has been in touch with Miss Willis and that a crew will be out in the neighborhood to do a rat abatement sweep tomorrow.