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Overgrowth Near Railroad Overcrowding Yard

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Cora and Willie Rabb don't mind the sounds of living near train tracks. It's the sights they can't stand.

"You get used to the sound and everything," said Cora. "But all this garbage, it's got to go."

She's referring to overgrowth from the tracks, down to their property line. Before a fence was placed along the railroad property, Willie says he used to clear out the brush.

"I'm 90 years old now. When I was in my 60s, 70s," said Willie, "I kept this place clean. But as I got older, I just can't do it.      

Now along with the growth, come some unwanted yard guests.

"Them field rats," said Cora. "And worrying about snakes and stuff crawling through. They don't pay you no mind. They crawl and go straight on through over here."

They've lined one side of the fence with cement blocks to help keep the crawlers out.

Now they're asking the railroad company for help in clearing the other side.

"I ain't got no 90 more years around here," said Willie. "And I'd like to see this place cleaned where somebody, we I can enjoy."

The tracks by their house belong to Norfolk Southern. We reached out to the company and were told there is a plan for that overgrowth.

Spokesperson Susan Terpay this is a historical problem at this location.

"On an annual basis, we hire a contractor to cut the weeds on the bank leading from this property up to the railroad track," said Terpay. "Please tell Mr. and Mrs. Rabb that we are in the process of making arrangements to do it again this year."

Terpay couldn't give an exact date, but told us it would be done as quickly as possible.

And Willie and Cora are looking forward to a little less crowding.

Norfolk Southern tells us it maintains 20,000 miles of railroad in 22 states. And because their employees can't get to every overgrown location, they hire contractors to do the work, like in this case.

If you notice an overgrown area or property, contact your city or county code enforcement department. Typically they'll have to locate the owner of the property first before spending taxpayer dollars on clearing it out themselves. And keep in mind that process can take weeks.

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