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NY1 For You: Boerum Hill Residents Get Relief from Rats Roaming Their Neighborhood

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Residents in one Brooklyn neighborhood are finally seeing an end to a nightly rat race that had them on edge for weeks. NY1's Susan Jhun filed the following report.

There's relief from the nightly rat race in one Boerum Hill neighborhood.

"I'm more willing to go outside now," said resident Phil Weinstein. "I'm not as fearful for my life as I was previously."

Residents told NY1 For You last month that on any given night, they would spot dozens of rats roaming the street.

"We have rats all over the place," said resident Michael Nischk.

"The problem is so severe that right now, I'm frightened for my life," Weinstein said. "I've got two daughters. One's 6 weeks old. One's a little older than 2. I do not leave my house after 8 p.m. at night."

Those living here said the rodents started showing up a couple of months ago after construction started in the neighborhood.

"They're digging deep, which means they're disturbing whatever nest may have been there, and then people putting out the garbage in plastic bags, which feeds them," Nischk said.

Residents told NY1 For You that they would call 311 every night to no effect.

At the time, NY1 For You contacted the New York City Department of Health, and after looking into the situation, a spokesman said the Department of Health scheduled a walkthrough to address the problem more thoroughly. Upon inspection, the DOH discovered that a neighboring school's trash was attracting the rodents.

NY1 For You then contacted the Department of Education, and after looking into the situation, a DOE spokeswoman said they now have the trash picked up every night, which will continue for the next two weeks. The building will not be open during the summer.

It's an action that residents said has made all the difference.

"We've seen the rats really disappear," Weinstein said. "I still see one or two rats every now and then, but it's no longer the 30 to 60 rats that we see on a nightly basis."

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