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Overgrown grass in Chesterfield neighborhood raises concerns

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Neighbors in one community are concerned because of overgrown grass at an abandoned home at the corner of Sauna Drive and Dorel Lane in Chesterfield. They say they are worried about the potential danger the grass poses, since it's also home to copperhead snakes.

"It really does look a mess. It's kind of an eyesore," longtime resident Renita Copeland said.

Copeland has lived here for over 20 years and has never seen a problem quite like this. Grass at the now-abandoned home across the street is growing so high and out of control, it nearly reaches the road.

So who is responsible?

"I would assume that is the county's responsibility. But as a homeowner, I think we have a responsibility also because it's our neighborhood," Copeland said.

Chesterfield representatives said people who have concerns about overgrown grass can give them a call. However, the Virginia Department of Transportation is responsible for handling all county roads. The part of the ground VDOT owns was recently trimmed.

The problem area is the responsibility of the home owner. Neighbors said the grass has been this high for several months now, and not only is it an eyesore but they are concerned about what could be lurking underneath this brush.

Several neighbors said they have already spotted a few Copperheads.

"You worry about your animals being outside and getting bit by snakes," Susan Craver said.

Craver's property borders the overgrown grass, and she's concerned about her two dogs. She says she's willing to do whatever it takes to get the grass cut.

"I will take a donation for everybody in this neighborhood to get that grass cut," she said.

NBC12 attempted tracking down the homeowners but found a different address that belongs to a business.

As for the grass, VDOT says the owners are responsible for cleaning up the mess. County officials also said you should call animal control if you're worried about any dangerous wildlife in your neighborhood. That number is 804-748-1683.

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