Blight Patrol Takes Storm Clean-Up Into Their Own Hands

(Memphis) The winter blast took a toll on Memphis trees. Hundreds of trees came crashing down under the weight of ice, landing on roads, power lines, and houses.

People who live in one of the hardest hit areas decided to take action instead of waiting around for help from the city.

“We don’t rely on the city — sometimes they cant. So, when they can’t — we will, Deandre Brown, executive director of Lifeline To Success, said. “We get the job done.”

They had their routine down like clockwork. No one sat on the sideline as they moved one twig, one branch at a time.

The neighborhood volunteers took turns sharing the load to make their community a better place to live.

“It feels great,” Brown said. “I mean, you can’t beat the feeling to go out to a neighbor who saw a tree fall and they’re devastated, they have no idea how they are going to remove it — and we come out here and remove it…that’s just one less burden they have to deal with,” he continued.

People like homeowner Donald Scott know all too well about burdens. He is facing a storm of his own after being diagnosed with cancer last week.

Scott live steps away from where a tree came barreling down during Sunday’s storm.

“It means a lot. I really appreciate it. They just don’t know,” he said. “They’re a fine group of people.”

The Blight Patrol does not do this work for the gratitude. It’s much bigger than that.

“We support this community. We want to make change. We are changing. We are volunteering. We’re out here in the cold — it’s not cold to us because we’re doing a good deed,” Urlene Vaught commented.

As the saying goes, ‘No good deed goes unnoticed.’

With Memphis, Light, Gas and Water crews working on power and the Blight Patrol on stand by, the Frayser community is beginning to shape up after all.