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New Bedford messy house causing neighbor concern

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Nicole Gerber

NEW BEDFORD - There was no answer at 19 Tisbury St. in New Bedford.

The home is surrounded by clutter and neighbors say the man living there, retired teacher Edward Medieros, is only home for a few hours each night.

There's no water or sewer service at the house, and the hoarding along the back and side of the property is beginning to cause health concerns.

It has neighbors on edge.

"I looked up over there and what do I see? A mouse running from his yard, right across the street," said Joe, who lives across the street.

Several other people living nearby have complained about rodents, some have even had to re enforce fencing to keep them out.

The Department of Health has issued two emergency citations requesting access to the inside of the home, and it's immediate cleanup.

"We've been working with him in the last year and a half and it's really been recently that we are realizing we're gonna have to ramp that up," said New Bedford Health Dir. Brenda Weis.

Neighbors say since the citations have been issued they have seen some changes.

"There was a car there right next to my driveway that has been there for over 8 years, longer than I've been here, and it finally left yesterday, it was towed out of here," said Rev. Ken Beres.

But if Medeiros doesn't clean his entire yard by Thursday, a city task force made up of heath, police, and fire officials will go to court for authorization to enter his home.

Once they're inside, if the house is deemed unlivable, Medeiros will be forced to leave.

"My concern is that nobody's really helping this man. He's got problems, mental problems, he hoards things," said Joe.

The Health Department tells us if they're faced with having to evict Medeiros, the task force will reach out to his family, and other agencies, that may be able to help him find somewhere else to live.

If Medeiros is unwilling or unable to clean up his property the city will have to take over.

But they'll put a lien on his  house, so they can eventually make that money back.

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