Abandoned homes bringing rats, snakes to St. Louis County neighborhood


by Lindsay Bramson / News 4 and KMOV.com staff


Posted on July 25, 2013 at 8:54 PM

Updated Thursday, Jul 25 at 9:40 PM

(KMOV) – Residents of a north St. Louis County neighborhood continue to wonder why several homes have remained abandoned and unmaintained for the past several years.

The mess along Crown Point Dr. outside of Dellwood is attracting rats and snakes in their front yards.

“Flies are just everywhere, there’s nasty trash, weeds, I know there’s snakes, it’s gross over here,” said resident Dessie Richard.

She and other residents of the neighborhood want to know why St. Louis County officials have let things get so bad.

“Why wait ‘til it gets like this and then you can’t really do anything?” Richard asked when talking to News 4. “All of this should’ve been torn down.”

For years she says trash has piled up in the front yard. Recently someone dumped a couch there.

And right next door is another house covered by so many weeds the front of the house can barely be seen.

“We’ve got numerous chronic abandoned housing problems throughout St. Louis County,” said county employee David Wrone. “We’re on it, addressing it to the fullest extent of our capabilities.”

Wrone told News 4 here are hundreds, if not thousands, of abandoned houses in St. Louis County.

And they don’t have enough employees to tear them all down at once. So he understands why residents are concerned.

“No one wants to live next to that, we appreciate that,” Wrone said.

Meanwhile, officials told News 4’s Lindsay Bramson the house on Crown Point Dr. is scheduled to be knocked down in the near future.