Rat invasion has residents fed up in Redford and Livonia

Rat invasion has residents fed up in Redford and Livonia

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(WJBK) - Those living in Redford and Livonia say the I-96 construction project is not only an eyesore, but it's scattering some unwanted guests.

"Eight-inch rats in my flower bed, at night they are getting into the garbage cans," said Tina Stanley.

"They're awful," said Joanne Dewitt.

But neighbors say those rats are getting bolder.
 
"The neighbor next door backed over one in the driveway out in broad daylight," Dewitt said.

The project -- closing the freeway between Newburgh and Telegraph for months, they say is disrupting the sewer system.

"Inside outside, they're everywhere," Stanley said.

Neighbors in Livonia have complained to the city, and say the rats are getting worse. Chewing through garbage cans and traveling even farther from the freeway to find food. They are also concerned about the rodents carrying dozens of diseases.

The city of Livonia says they've had numerous complaints adding that the rodents may be displaced from the I-96 project  and major projects at Middlebelt and Schoolcraft.

But the Michigan Department of Transportation says the I-96 freeway sewer is self-contained and is only connected to the freeway and pump station.
 
To combat the packs of rats, MDOT and the Livonia mayor's office recommend removing pet food & waste, sealing home and garage entry points, eliminating debris & clutter.  But they say it is the homeowner's responsibility.

For more on the story, watch the video above for the whole story.



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