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Neighbors concerned about abandoned house safety hazards

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Chances are many of us took advantage of the great weekend weather, some of us to fix up yards from the recent ice storm.

But KSFY News visited a Sioux Falls neighborhood where people say one house has been forgotten... claiming it's not only an eyesore but a safety hazard.

Imagine having to look at a mess like this everyday in your neighborhood. Well, neighbors tell us, keeping up appearances are the least of their worries.

There could be hidden dangers lurking in this abandoned house.

Neighbor Steve Laughlin said "safety, mainly, kids, pets, fire, that's mainly what I'm thinking about."

Well-manicured yards have returned to most houses after the recent ice storm.

"As a neighborhood, we got all together and we worked hard. And the city did a great job in coming out and picking up, as you can see, all the big stuff already and we're very appreciative," Laughlin said.

But this house had no one to care for it.

"The sidewalk is completely covered, pedestrians, the mailman can not get through the street of the sidewalk there. And there are hanging limbs there that probably could be dangerous if they fell on you or your vehicle," Laughlin said.

And while the house may be abandoned now, Steve is worried for who or what might move in.

"Varmints or animals could get in there. It's just not safe really to have a house in your neighborhood abandoned like that," Laughlin said.

Neighbors say this house has been abandoned for nearly three years. Since the recent ice storm they say it looks worse than ever. They hope somebody does something about it and soon.

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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