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Memories of tornado outbreak still plaguing neighborhood

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"You get people who come by here and they see it. They stop. They get out and look," says Timothy Richmond of Red Bank. He's talking about a house across the street that he says has become an eyesore and a sideshow.

The home on Goodson Avenue still shows the scars of the April, 2011 tornadoes. A large tree punches through the roof, another lies beside the home.  Richmond's biggest concern is for the children who in the neighborhood and that their curiosity might get the best of them.

"I'm just afraid that something's eventually going to happen," says Richmond. "One of those kids goes in there and something falls on them. All kinds of critters in it."

Just a couple doors down Josh Peardon says he's seen little effort to secure the property or clean it up.

"It's gone completely unattended. We have not seen anybody there to attempt to trim trees, cut trees, any part of it down," states Peardon.

At some point windows were boarded and a pad lock, now covered in spider webs, had been placed on the front door. But Peardon says these measures don't keep kids away.

"You could climb into the house if you wanted to," says Peardon.

Red Bank city officials say the former homeowner couldn't make repairs in a reasonable amount of time. The mortgage was through the Department of Veterans Affairs but the property eventually went into foreclosure. It's recently been turned over to the city and is set for demolition.

It's music to Peardon's ears. He and his wife put their house up for sale just prior to the storms, after their daughter was born. They're outgrowing their home as he puts it. Peardon says it's been nearly impossible to find any takers because of the damaged house just down the street.

"The only thing anyone ever says about not wanting to buy the home has to do with the neighborhood," says Peardon. He's a little more optimistic that he and his family can move forward now that the problem is closer to being resolved.

According to neighbors the former owner was unemployed at one time and now lives in the house next to his damaged former house. Neighbors who spoke to us say he's quite private and they don't know his name. Knocks on his new door went unanswered.

Red Bank officials have accepted a bid for demolition but no demolition date is known at this time.

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