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Neighbors complain of rodents, overgrown grass at railroad property

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SAGINAW, MI (WNEM) -

A Mid-Michigan woman said a pile of railroad ties next door has become a lively home for rodents of all sizes and she wants the owner to get rid of it.

"You've got all kinds of rodents that's crawling up from under the train ties," Gregory Willis said.

Mary Napier has lived at her house at the edge of Saginaw for more than 30 years. She keeps the yard nice and tidy, which can't be said for the property next to it, an easement owned by Huron and Eastern Railroad.

Willis, Napier's brother, reached out to the railroad company last week, but hasn't heard back from them.

"You've got rats. You've got raccoons. You've got skunks. You see everything crawling up from under there," Willis said.

The area has become a dumping ground for empty bottles, bags and an old car battery.

Residents who live in the area are also worried that someone could hide in the overgrown grass and attack them.

"She be afraid when she get out of her car. The grass grew up so high someone could hide in the grass," Willis said.

Willis has even gone to other agencies to help with the brush situation.

"Last year it got so bad where the grass grew up, I called mosquito control and they came out and sprayed and they also stated that the grass needed to be cut down," Willis said.

He just wants the railroad to be a good neighbor and get rid of the ties and cut down the overgrowth.

A spokesperson for Huron and Eastern Railroad said they became aware of the situation last week and are assessing the situation.

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