Bank owned, tornado damaged homes remain untouched

Home on White Kestrel Drive in North Raleigh's Massey Preserve before tornado on April 16, 2011

April 25, 2011 4:05:13 PM PDT
Foreclosed homes litter the Triangle and some of those homes were damaged when tornadoes ripped through the Triangle on April 16. So far, no one has done anything to secure those properties.

One of those homes sets on White Kestrel Drive in the Massey Preserve community in north Raleigh.

Mangled gutters, dangling pieces of siding and exposed wooden beans are what residents on White Kestrel have been looking at for nine days.

"It completely ripped walls off you can see in the home," concerned resident Amber Pullen said. "The porch structure, the side pillars are gone. Insulation hung for days to be honest."

Pullen wonders how many more days the banked owned homes on her street will stay exposed.

"It's obviously unsafe and if there is another strong storm, who is to know that the whole building could not be blown out into the rest of the neighborhood?" Pullen asked.

She's concerned for her children's safety.

Other homes in the neighborhood have been wrapped with tarps so individuals can protect their investments, their families and their neighbors.

Pullen wants the banks to do the same.

"I think that if they want a return on their investment, they should come out and fix it," Pullen said. "Don't leave it as an eyesore for the rest of the neighborhood that's trying to grow again."

The ABC11 Eyewitness News I-Team was told one of the developers has alerted the bank about the property damage in Massey Preserve. The I-Team also reached out to Bank of America, the owner of the home on White Kestrel Drive, and learned the bank is looking into the issue.

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