Bank begins cleaning up foreclosed homes

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

April 26, 2011 4:17:32 PM PDT
Bank of America is making good on its word to secure foreclosed houses that were damage in the April 16 tornado.

The ABC11 Eyewitness I-Team investigated the issue and spoke to concerned neighbors Monday.

Neighbors in Raleigh's Massey Preserve community off of Forestville Road say the homes posed a threat to their safety.

Tuesday afternoon contractors hired by BOA began securing the damaged homes.

"We've got dangling debris, glass and nails outside in the yard," concerned resident Nick Busam said. "We've got the little ones running around so it's of concern."

The main concern on White Kestrel Drive is that the next storm could toss that debris around, possibly putting those who live near the homes in danger.

The new owner of Massey Preserve told the I-Team he sent BOA pictures of the property last week to let the bank know it need to be cleaned up.

After our story aired Monday, BOA told the I-Team it had a contractor working on securing the homes. Neighbors are relieved to see the progress.

"I'm glad they've stepped up to the plate and have actually done what's responsible," Busam said.

A tarp is temporarily on the home until the contractor receives a delivery of wood that will be used to secure the house. The wood was delivered to the wrong location but should arrive Wednesday.

The contractor says crews will continue working on the bank owned homes until the properties are safe.

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