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ROYAL OAK, Mich. (WJBK) - These days residents in Royal Oak have a few unwanted neighbors moving in.

"Tons of flies, cats, raccoons," said Cheryl Burden. "Maggots there's a lot of maggots."

All of that is attracted to the trash that has been piling up for a week and a half.
 
"You can smell the urine," said Melissa Kaspari. "You can smell the feces."

A lonely record player sits near stacks of rotting, wet carpet, and toys tossed out.

"My little work bench is out on the curb," said Braden Cole.
 
Like most cities trying to recover from last Monday's historical floods - residents in Royal Oak Thursday say the city isn't doing enough.

"They said they were going to pick up the garbage last week and they never showed up," Lon Rock said. "It's ridiculous. What's the problem."

A lot of problems -  the South Oakland County Resource Recovery Authority says the shut down of the Madison Heights transfer station for days added to the mess.

Royal Oak City Manager Don Johnson said Wednesday it is an emergency situation, adding that garbage haulers were working 15-hour days and that the city is doing the best they can.

In the meantime, residents have gotten their own dumpsters sick of waiting for someone to come.

"I'll believe it when I see it," Holly Cole said. "Let's put it that way."

Now that the Madison Heights transfer station is back open, the city says by Saturday 60 garbage trucks will be out to clean up the mess.

"I think he's going to need  more than that," Rock said.

That, coupled with 20 out-of-state trucks which will pick up for 12 cities -- including Royal Oak.
 
 "That should've been done 7 days ago," Burden said.

Residents say they are unable to walk down their street without wanting to vomit.

"There's flies, it smells, it's gross," Kaspari said.

Many say Saturday isn't soon enough.

"Now," Kaspari said. "It's gross. Get it done."

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