Residents in part of Chicago's Washington Heights neighborhood said they had no garbage pickup for about two weeks following snowfall.
EVELYN HOLMES: It's a welcome sight for South Side resident Anthony Davis.
ANTHONY DAVIS: Right now, just hoping those trucks come through here and get all these people's garbage up. I'm happy with it.
EVELYN HOLMES: After not having any garbage pick-up for roughly two weeks, residents in this Washington Heights neighborhood were worried they may soon be buried under bags of trash.
- I have garbage. A lot of garbage, because I have kids and grandkids. I have garbage stored in my garage, because the bins are, you know, still full.
EVELYN HOLMES: And this homeowner had to resort to piling up her trash in a hallway inside her home.
- I got my garbage in the hallway, because there's no place to put it in the cans.
EVELYN HOLMES: In an email response, a spokesperson for the Chicago Department of Streets and Sanitation noted that crews continue daily work to collect garbage and recycling, adding "garbage collection remains delayed across the city due to the heavy snowfall experienced over the last week. Residents are advised to treat response times as they would during a holiday week and keep their carts out and ready for pickup."
21st Ward Alderman Howard Brookins Jr. says he doesn't know how the garbage pickup and the 9500 block of South Lowe and Union Avenues got missed, but quickly requested crews come and take the trash away.
HOWARD BROOKINS, JR.: I just feel for these workers, who were asked to do a yeoman's job in a bad situation with the piled-up snows.
EVELYN HOLMES: Alleys typically aren't plowed by the city, because snow would block access to garages, meaning--
Here in this alley, near 82nd and Eberhart, is another place where trash is piling up. That's where the owner of RB Pest Solutions says rat problems can start. They've been busy around the clock since the pandemic, and now following the snow and thaw.
ROBIAR SMITH: So we've been getting many calls from our customers about entry points and sealing up those entry points, putting down traps in places where they can't see it because the snow is hiding.
EVELYN HOLMES: Evelyn Holmes, ABC 7 Eyewitness News.