Overgrown lot, rats anger Randolph County woman

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RANDOLPH COUNTY, N.C. -- The weeds in an overgrown lot off of Old U.S. 421 near Liberty are taller than the woman who lives next door, and she's tired of it.

Brenda Reed also says she's seen rats running around the vacant lot, and she's worried they're headed for her house.

"People say try to catch them. How you going to catch all them rats?" Reed asked.

Reed stands 5'2" and definitely disappears behind some of the vegetation.

"I think the homeowners or the bank that foreclosed should be responsible just like we take care of our yard. That's the way I look at it," Reed said.

The lot next to the Reeds is in foreclosure. Reed says the receiver had a crew come and mow the front yard, but the back yard is still a mess.

The lot behind the Reeds is for sale. Mark Nance of Keller Williams is the agent associated with the property, and he did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

"We have called people. They've ignored us," Reed said.

Many cities do maintenance and charge the land owner. Randolph County has no such policy.

The Reeds live about a mile from Liberty's city limits.

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