South Memphis community says city isn’t doing enough to clean up blight

WATCH: South Memphis community speaks out against blight in community

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Residents in a Memphis neighborhood said they see everything from dead animals to trash bags thrown in yards not far from where they live on W Big Ben Drive.

It’s not hard to miss when you come down Winchester toward the airport. The first thing you see is piles of tree stumps, trash bags, and houses abandoned.

“That’s a skull. Just think about the fact that our children had to walk through here. Those are bones!” said Marcel Davis.

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Davis has lived in the area for more than a decade. She says down trees and blight have been a constant problem for more than a year.

“I’ve seen code enforcement come by and sit down and take pictures, but still nothing is done," Davis said.

She said it’s now stretching into her and her neighbor’s back yards. It’s bringing animals like snakes, possums, and raccoons onto their properties.

“We pay taxes just like everybody else. And no one has come out to even remove a tree that’s been sitting there for 3 years,” said Cheryl Clark.

The Shelby County Health Department stopped by the neighborhood Friday to address the animal issues, but the residents say there’s more that needs to be done.

“I mean we are screaming for help,” said neighbor Hattie Moore.

FOX13 reached out to the city and was told we would get a response as early as Monday. The Shelby County Health Department sent out environmentalists to the area Wednesday and Friday.

The health department says there’s a return check scheduled for Nov. 4, but city officials are still looking for the property owners before they can clean up the homes.