Local resident Rhonda Cutler will be featured on an episode of TLC’s “Hoarders: Buried Alive” which airs Wednesday, March 6 at 8 p.m.
Filming for the episode took place in October. At the time, the crew that blocked off the street on which Cutler lives was believed to be from the A&E show “Hoarders.” However, crew members would not verify their network affiliation.
According to promotional material for Wednesday’s episode, “Rhonda couldn’t resist passing by a dumpster without stopping to look for discarded treasures. The result was a home filled with clutter that pushed out her family and even herself. The situation got so bad that Rhonda relegated herself to living in a roach-infested camper parked in the backyard.”
Prior to the film crew’s visit, the city of McMinnville was in the middle of taking Cutler back to court for items she had stored outside. Planning and Zoning manager Josh Baker agreed to hold off on legal procedures and give her more time.
The city has taken Cutler to court twice in five years, once in 2008 and again in 2011, in an effort to enforce a city ordinance against storing a large number of items outside. In 2011, a judge ruled in favor of the city and three dumptrucks of items, approximately 10 tons, were hauled away by the city in September.
The promotional material also states, “In this episode, the officers have come back and want to inspect her home. With both her home and camper filled to capacity, Rhonda has just 30 days to clean out a decade of extreme hoarding or her house will be condemned.”
According to Baker, the 30-day notice sent to Cutler was not a warning about condemning her house.
“What we sent her was a notice to comply with city ordinance by cleaning up the clutter outside her house,” Baker said. “If they need to make the show more dramatic, I’m fine with it. I’m just happy someone helped her.”
“Hoarding: Buried Alive” takes an inside look at extreme hoarders and the psychology behind their compulsion to accumulate and store large quantities of nonessential things. With help from expert therapists and organizers, the hoarders will attempt to unlock the key to their obsessions in hopes of reclaiming some normalcy in their lives.
The episode will feature Cutler, her family, licensed psychologist Dr. Becky Beaton, and professional organizer Lisa York.