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Hoarding forces condemnation of Keystone home

Posted: 3:19 PM, Aug 08, 2018
Updated: 2018-08-09 04:42:40Z

A home in the Keystone neighborhood is off limits to anyone because the City of Omaha has deemed it an environmental hazard. They believe the homeowner was hoarding for years.

The inspections department determined the home is uninhabitable, calling it one of the worst hoarding situations they've ever seen. In late July, inspectors went to the home near 88th Street and Fowler Avenue with the Nebraska Humane Society worried about the well-being of the dog living with the owner inside.

Inspectors indicate there's massive hoarding, massive mice infestation, trash and sewage throughout, moisture trapped inside, and no running water.

Neighbors say it needs to be torn down.

"It's time, yeah," said neighbor Tari Richardson. "And hearing how bad it really is over there it needs it, needs to be done."

The 66-year-old woman who lived at the house was cited with misdemeanor animal cruelty and permitting a nuisance. She continued to live in the home even though it was sold by Douglas County in 2013 because she hadn't paid taxes in four years.