PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – A neighborhood in North Philadelphia is overrun with rats. On Wednesday, the city was unable to begin clearing a vacant lot on the 3600 block of Germantown Avenue.
This is where neighbors say they spotted dozens of rats.
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Authorities are still awaiting permission from the landowner to gain access to the property.
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Block captain Yolanda Murray says rats are spreading from vacant lots into homes and businesses, and the infestation is spiraling out of control.
She says she contacted the city and was told six months to clean this up. City council member Cindy Bass says it’s not good enough.
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“Totally unacceptable, absolutely unacceptable, ridiculously unacceptable. Are you crazy for asking me to live with rats for six months? How disgusting is that? How disturbing is that? It’s a health issue, ”Bass said.