Faulty street lights are an ongoing problem in one New Orleans East neighborhood.
Now there’s new light shed on the concern, as Halloween approaches.
WGNO News Reporter Darian Trotter a look at the problem and reaction from
After hours people in this New Orleans East neighborhood are in the dark, and in fear.
“It’s sad because it’s been going on for quite a while now,” parent Leslie Stewart said.
Streets lights are posted along this stretch of Crowder; but neighbors say the majority of them aren’t working between Dwyer and Chef Highway.
And that they say creates a dangerous situation, as days get shorter and nights longer.
“I want to be able to see at night when I come down the street at night from work; and the kids are safe getting off the school bus,” Stewart said.
And that’s not all.
In a couple of days the streets will be filled with pint-sized ghouls and goblins, scrambling door to door.
“It’s about to be Halloween, trick or treating going on and the kids aren’t going to able to see,” Stewart said.
The area has a mixture of old and new street lights.
But keeping them on, has been an on again off again problem.
Neighbors report the most recent outage has lasted for months.
Stewart explained, “Some people have they porch light on, they drive way light, but it’s still not enough light.”
Trotter asked, “Frustrating for you? Very much, because the street, I mean pitch dark,” homeowner Milton Batiste said.
Milton Batiste had become so frustrated; he dialed 311 to lodge a complaint with the city.
He got an email response.
Trotter asked, “What’s the city say? “Be patient,” he replied. Trotter asked, “What do you say to that? No because it’s very dangerous especially when you’re coming home at night,” Batiste replied.
In a statement, the Mayor’s Office says…. “The quality of life and safety of our residents is always a top priority, and the city is committed to repairing street lights.”
Until then there’s real fear in New Orleans East.
“There’s so much going on,” Stewart said. “People robbing, carjacking. Anything can happen.”
The city says that the department of public works is aware of the situation, and the area is awaiting service.