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Woman says property owner's overgrown grass is like jungle

Weeds in this yard are so tall, they’re even taller than the average person. (Andrew Nomura, WAFB) Weeds in this yard are so tall, they’re even taller than the average person. (Andrew Nomura, WAFB)
The city can put a lien out on a property to cover the cost of grass service. (Andrew Nomura, WAFB) The city can put a lien out on a property to cover the cost of grass service. (Andrew Nomura, WAFB)
Robertson explained she had repeatedly contacted the guy who owns the property about cutting his lawn, but he keeps putting it off. (Andrew Nomura, WAFB) Robertson explained she had repeatedly contacted the guy who owns the property about cutting his lawn, but he keeps putting it off. (Andrew Nomura, WAFB)
PORT ALLEN, LA (WAFB) -

Jessica Robertson can tell you grass is not always greener on the other side of the fence.  In this case, it’s taller. She pointed out the jungle of a yard that’s next door to her Port Allen home. Weeds in her neighbor’s yard are so tall, they’re even taller than the average person. She said she can only let her children play on one side of the family’s backyard.

“That’s only to swim,” said Robertson. “We don’t even go on the other side of the house, because we are afraid of wild rabbits and snakes.”

Robertson explained she had repeatedly contacted the guy who owns the property about cutting his lawn, but he keeps putting it off. She and her husband said enough is enough.

“We've several times but we feel like we shouldn't have to do because it's not our property,” she said.

Adrian Genre with the City of Port Allen said people can contact them for help, so they can give the property owner notice. If that doesn’t work, the city will take care of it, but there will be some consequences.

“It can ultimately result in a summons issued out to the owner, with a maximum fine of $500,” said Genre.

Genre said the city will put a lien out on a property to cover the cost of grass service.

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