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Homeowners express their frustration with the Homewood Detention Pond Project

Posted at 6:33 AM, Aug 04, 2022
and last updated 2023-08-23 16:36:41-04

LAFAYETTE, La. — LCG's plan to build a series of detention ponds along bayou Vermilion in the Milton area is not going as smoothly as homeowners intended.

A Judge ruled LCG did almost nothing properly when selecting the property for the drainage project and acted "in bad faith" by seizing private property.

Since the ruling, contractors have been prohibited from entering the property and now homeowners are expressing their concerns regarding the mess left behind.

Donna Augustine has lived on Riverside Drive in Lafayette since the 1990s. The farmland on the side of her property has been well cared for— until now.

"We've had roaches like never before, huge wasp, secata killers. things that I've never seen before."

Augustine says she's tried to reach out to LCG several times but says she has not received a solution.

"They don't come they don't look kept sending complaints on 311. They still don't do it. They don't even come and spray."

"We're very concerned that this will flood with four to five, or six inches of rain."

Steve Pekar, President of the Riverwood Civic Association and his neighbors says the lack of maintenance has caused erosion and clogging of the drainage system, which could cause flooding.

"Clean this out. We would feel a lot better if this were clean. Second step would be to finish the project one way or another," said Derek Meche.

"Once the project is complete are they going to do maintenance on the project," added Pekar.