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Abandoned house becomes an eyesore after ice storm

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Another picture-perfect weekend day outside, around the viewing area. .

Hard to believe just a few weeks ago we were hit by an ice storm.

In one Sioux Falls neighborhood, home and yard cleanup is still underway with the exception of just one house...

Well this house is abandoned.

It's become an eyesore for neighbors in the last three years.

And with the warm weather we're having, people all over the city are out and about, doing work around the house.

But this one house we saw today has no one left to look after it.

It's a virtual rat's nest or should we say bird's nest.

There's no sign of snow or ice in sight but the damage caused by the recent ice storm remains.

Most of the curbside branches have already been picked up in this east Sioux Falls neighborhood.

But at this house on east 15th street, the branches are still piled high in the front yard.

Neighbors who have lived nearby to this house say they don't know what to do.

They just wish whoever owns the house or the city, would step in and do something and soon.

Neighbor Steve Laughlin said "if somebody owns the house or if somebody is supposed to be taking care of it, they should probably be over here as we all were as a neighborhood, taking care of these limbs, cleaning it up and helping the city do their job. And helping the city take care of the neighborhoods."

"If the past is any judgment of what's to come, I don't see anybody coming over and doing anything about that in any time soon. I really don't," Laughlin said.

Neighbors say the man who lived in this house died about three years ago.

But since he passed on,  no one seems to taking responsibility for the house, not even a bank.

Neighbors tell me some have called the city to complain, but they're not sure which departments were called.

It can be confusing for people, trying to figure out who to call.

We spoke with Mark Cotter, Director of Public Works, and he said the city will look into it.

If you have an abandoned house in your neighborhood which has become an eyesore after the ice storm, you may contact the Sioux Falls Public Works Department at 605-367-8600.

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