Trash infested yard finally cleaned up

PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — It’s a problem that’s finally being taken care of, one piece of garbage at a time.

A house in Northeast Portland that became a dumping ground after it was gutted by a fire is being cleaned up by the City of Portland after months of collecting trash.

Everything and the kitchen sink: a house at 10923 NE Fremont became a dumping ground after it was gutted by a fire. (KOIN)
Everything and the kitchen sink: a house at 10923 NE Fremont became a dumping ground after it was gutted by a fire. (KOIN)

A KOIN 6 investigation last week revealed complaints from neighbors about the conditions of the property, at 10923 NE Fremont St., were being ingnored.

Crews arrived at around 9:30 a.m. Thursday and began the long task of removing everything from old mattresses to jerry cans and broken furniture.

Why the delay?

Although the house clean up only began Thursday, city officials first began inspecting the home in December.

“This would be on the level of extreme,” said Portland Bureau of Development Services spokesperson Kathy Saunders.

“It gets bad and the city has to go through certain process and time frame of notification.”

Months worth of garbage sits in the front yard of a house at 10923 NE Fremont  March 27, 2014. (KOIN)
Months worth of garbage sits in the front yard of a house at 10923 NE Fremont March 27, 2014. (KOIN)

She said obtaining a warrant requires photos, re-inspections and time.

A systemic problem

It’s one of many derelict houses around the city that have become health hazards because of people dumping their garbage.

Several others have been cleaned up, but many remain.

Civic funds used to clean up derelict properties may be getting scaled back.

Crews will board up the windows of the house on NE Fremont St. before they leave.

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