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GETTING ANSWERS: Residents in New Iberia say city is neglecting their road

Posted at 9:38 PM, Dec 27, 2019
and last updated 2019-12-27 23:15:52-05

"That's not a road, that's a mess," Sheila Orr said as she kicked up the pavement on Hortense Street in New Iberia.

Orr lives at the end of the street; she says the condition of the road makes it hard to get to her house.

"Everyone's car is bottoming out, I got a friend that has a car that's leaking oil, and it's the road that's doing it. It's bad. It needs to be changed," Orr said.

For four years Orr says she has reached out to city officials to have the road repaved, but when they come, they only fill in the potholes.

"But that doesn't do any good, and it doesn't last long," Orr said.

Her neighbors agree the road isn't the best, but say they have bigger issues.

"It needs a little maintenance, but it's not as bad as the lady was telling you," James Braard said.

A pile of trees sit along the street. Braard and his neighbor had several trees fall during Hurricane Barry. They put a team together, cleaned up the yard, and put the trees out by the side of the road, but they were never picked up.

"We had no way to take it to the landfill. Gordon, the man at the landfill says we put it out too late. It's from Barry, and the only thing I could do with it was put it at the street," Braard said.

KATC spoke with councilman Dustin Suire. He says they are trying to come up with a solution to fix several roads in the area but he does not support a new tax for the project.