CLEVELAND, OH (WOIO) - This week Cleveland 19 wanted to know why not much had been done to help folks on Delrey Avenue, a Cleveland street with beautiful homes. One home is infested with roaches and that's impacted 14 or 15 other homes where owners now report roaches.
At our request a neighbor shot video at dusk when the roaches come out.
"They keep moving now. They coming down the street. They going across the street," the neighbor said.
When we showed up the next day to view the video, the Health Department arrived and worker Charlotte Ford watched it. She agreed something has to be done. Even in the daylight there were plenty of roaches in garbage piled in the driveway.
To its credit, the next day the city came out and cleaned it up, but left tires and other material in the crumbling garage, which was posted with condemnation papers weeks ago which prompted a reaction from Councilman and Mayoral candidate Zack Reed.
"The question is what did they do next, did they pass that paperwork on to the Public Works Department they should have come out here and get all that trash and debris that's here right now," Reed said.
Reed said the folks living with these conditions need faster service. That their health, and even safety is at stake, excuses like needing a search warrant are just that.
"There's no doubt in my mind that Judge O'Leary would have issued that search warrant. The question is did we ask for that." O'Leary is Cleveland's Housing Court Judge," Reed said.
Next door Denise Kennedy is suffering through a roach overflow in her garage.
"There was a trail of roaches that they looked like they were having a parade at one point. I mean this is bad," Kennedy said.
"I'm paying for an exterminator in my home. He says it's not going to do any good until they address the problem in that house so my money is just down the drain," 87-year-old Delores Pottinger told the Health inspector.
"Why does she have to live with a multitude of roaches every single day. Everything is reactionary, nothing is proactive," Reed asked.
The city said it can't tear down the garage or enter the home without a search warrant so the building is going to stay here until they get court orders to tear it down. So the roaches will stay for the time being.