City cleans up debris in South Memphis after residents complain

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — One south Memphis neighborhood is much happier after piles of yard debris were removed, but they were dealing with the eyesore for several weeks.

Late Monday afternoon, a city of Memphis truck picked up tree branches that were piled along the side of the road after WREG got involved.

WREG counted at least 10 homes off Leacrest Avenue that had bags of leaves or bundles of branches that waiting to be collected.

"It's real frustrating," neighbor Ira Lewis said.

Lewis contacted WREG at his wits end. He said he didn't know what to do.

He's lived on the street for 46 years.

"You want it to look nice. My house doesn't cost $300,000, but it's a home. I want it to look as good as I can make it," he explained.

When we talked to him Monday morning, he said a lot of the piles have been sitting outside for nearly two months.

He waited three weeks before he finally decided to call the city.

"I started calling on March 20 and I called every day of the week," he said. "The debris sat here so long that the bags are dried rotten."

We reached out to the city of Memphis, a spokesperson acknowledged they're experiencing delays in the area and planned to send a crew out in the next 24 hours.

However they were able to get the job done faster and had the debris cleaned up in a few hours.

With a clean yard, Lewis said he's pleased. "I'm glad News Channel 3 came out and saw about it."

While Lewis did contact the city, an important message to remember is the city can't help if they don't know about something, so make sure you contact them with problems.