Birmingham residents impacted by 2011 tornadoes want change
It's a problem some Birmingham residents say is getting worse! Trash and overgrown brush, a nuisance in a community already scarred by the 2011 tornadoes.
"Our whole block was leveled. We were one of the few that decided to re-build here." Shirley Clay hoped Nelems Street would look better now that two years have passed since the deadly tornadoes.
Herman Jones says "It's not getting any better, it's getting worse."
There are several overgrown lots that neighbors say are sheltering snakes. Bertha Reynolds says "It's growing up and with the Summer and rain and all that in a little while, you won't be able to see here at all."
What you can see... trash, tires.. even chunks of concrete. Clay says "Anything they have in their car, our streets become a dumping site for it."
Clay also says the community feels forgotten since the storm. Vacant properties remain untouched. "We need the homeowners, the lot owners or the property owners, whatever it may be, we need these people to take care of their properties or we need the city to step in and enforce guidelines."
Neighbors say they're not getting help from the city.. or from anyone. Reynolds says "When you call they're giving us the run around more or less, no one knows who the lots belong to."
Jones says, "Making my best to keep it clean myself."
Herman Jones says he cares about the community. Those who have re-built their lives still hope they'll receive help to fix sidewalks, clean properties and attract new neighbors.
Clay says "When you have nice things and nice places and a nice area, it draws people."
ABC 33/40 called Birmingham City Council President Roderick Royal, but could not get in touch with him. Neighbors told me he is over their district. We also left a message with a spokesperson for the mayor's office.