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Backup from ice storm causing yard debris piles

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Big piles are stacking up throughout the neighborhood. Big piles are stacking up throughout the neighborhood.
With spring's arrival, Rhonda Kennedy's garden is in full bloom. With spring's arrival, Rhonda Kennedy's garden is in full bloom.
Kennedy says she has patience, but she believes her garden may give off a better impression than the trash pile that's blocking the view. Kennedy says she has patience, but she believes her garden may give off a better impression than the trash pile that's blocking the view.

(WMC-TV) - Eight weeks. That is how long Memphis residents say yard debris has been left on their curbs. After numerous calls to City of Memphis, Vollentine-Evergreen neighbors made a call to the WMC Action News 5 investigators.

Big piles are stacking up throughout the neighborhood. Many residents are getting tired not only of the sight, but also of paying for a service they have not been receiving.

With spring's arrival, Rhonda Kennedy's garden is in full bloom.

"We've been spending a lot of time cleaning up the flower beds," she said. "[The trash debris on the curb is] actually kinda stinky looking. It's an eyesore."

For all the yard waste sitting on the curb ignored, Kennedy says she has called the city multiple times and spoken to sanitation crews collecting trash nearby with no relief.

"Eight weeks ... I've been counting," she said. "I've been very disappointed and certainly now frustrated that it's still sitting here even after multiple phone calls."

It is not just a problem at Kennedy's house. Some piles are more than five feet tall. It blocks the sidewalk, the gutter, the ability to cut the grass, and the entire vibe in the neighborhood.

"For weeks, we've had leaves piled, trash," said Vollintine-Evergreen resident Steve Edmundson.

Edmundson's pile is relatively new: two and a half weeks old.

Others at varying stages sit curbside throughout the Vollintine-Evergreen community.

"The bad thing is we're paying more for our garbage fees than ever before and the work doesn't seem to be getting done," said Edmundson.

City officials say sanitation crews have been working overtime over the past month to try to catch up on trash collection after the ice storm and that delays will continue until collections stabilize.

Kennedy says she has patience, but she believes her garden may give off a better impression than the trash pile that's blocking the view.

"Absolutely love this neighborhood," she said. "If I drove down this street, I wouldn't go, 'Hmm, this is a street that I would like to live on.' "

City officials say they expect normal collections to resume soon. They ask you leave the trash where it is until it gets picked up, and they ask you help keep the right of way clear.

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