Storm damage still lingers one year later

ST. CHARLES COUNTY, Mo. – A St. Charles County community is still dealing with storm damage cleanup from a storm one year ago.

Neighbors say the county has been no help cleaning up what's now an abandoned home. Several homes in the area were damaged by a tornado last May. Neighbors say the abandoned home is not only unsightly, but unsafe.

Storm damage assessment is almost synonymous with springtime. Several trees were toppled at a St. Charles County home on Lillian Drive when a tornado blew through in May of 2013.

While others rebuilt, the abandoned home grew into an eyesore.

John Ortmann says his calls to the county and even state reps have not produced results.

"I'd like to see them clean it up. And if they have to tear the house down. This is good property down here. They're ruining our property values with this," said Ortmann.

5 on Your Side is told the house is on the county's radar, at least according to the county's director of Community Development. But, he can't say when something might be done about it.

Ortmann says some urgency is needed, with kids tempted to play near the wreck of a house for the second straight summer.

"This is going to be something that will attract them. It would have attracted me as a kid and somebody could get hurt," he said.

We've learned the house was scheduled for a demolition hearing last week. There's no word on what came of that, but another county official says they are working to remedy the situation.


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