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Richmond neighbors claim city destroyed their yards

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RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) -

A Richmond community is dealing with destroyed front yards, and neighbors claim the city caused the mess. The concerns are coming from the Stratford Hills subdivision. Neighbors say the city's leaf collection did more harm than good.

No one likes to see leaves piling up where you live. That's why word of crews coming to haul it away can bring relief - unless crews leave an even bigger mess behind.

Due to bad weather lately, many Richmond neighbors waited months to see their leaves collected. When Marcus Pendleton heard pickup crews Wednesday morning, "I got excited. I had my trash and recycling cans down here, so I pulled those up so they wouldn't be in the way of the guys," he said.

The excitement quickly turned to panic.

"But then I started noticing large yellow bulldozer equipment, the ones with the large wheels," Pendleton said.

Another neighbor snapped photos of crews in action. Now they all claim the city left a huge mess behind, damaging their yards.

"I put down about five bags of grass seed, and this was all covered, and obviously now it's not," Pendleton said with frustration.

Sharon North with the Department of Public Works says crews use front-end loaders routinely, especially in wet conditions.

Pendleton says he would have liked a warning.

"It was going to be nice grass, and now it is not, and that's something I was working on for the whole yard, and now the grass seed is definitely gone," he said.

Other yards on Comanche Drive show signs of damage, but none as bad as Pendleton's.

"I would just honestly like the damage fixed, that's all. I'm asked to put the leaves in the ditch and that's what I did," he said.

North said the department will investigate and added, if the city is responsible, it will certainly take action, which could include re-planting the grass.

If you have an issue you feel needs to be investigated by the city, just call 311.

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