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With the trash comes crime, she said. She’s seen cars burned just feet from her front porch and said the dumping is often accompanied by rounds of gunfire. Degruy has reported the problem to city agencies for the last eight years, but has yet to see a long term solution.A city spoksperson said a sanitation crew was supposed to clear some ditches on Old Gentilly Road on Thursday, but they did not have equipment that could handle the high water. They said a contractor will removed abandoned cars Friday, while more trucks will haul trash from the street.New Orleans District E Councilmember elect Cyndi Nguyen campaigned on fighting blight and illegal dumping in New Orleans East this fall and won, beating incumbent James Gray in a runoff. She calls the mounting piles of junk a “quality of life issue” that is holding New Orleans East back from a better future.”We have to do better in order to bring economic development in,” Nguyen said.She supports installing cameras in areas prone to dumping, such as Old Gentilly Road, and suggests offering rewards for anonymous tips that lead to people who are abandoning trash illegally. Nguyen also said city departments have to be held accountable,
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adding that she has only seen street sweepers in New Orleans East twice.There is a significant drainage issue, too, with trash clogging ditches along Old Gentilly. Water stands in potholes and dips in the road and does not drain. Degruy said with any rain, her mail cannot be delivered because the water is too high. Her grandchildren no longer come to visit because of the standing water and mud.”I just pray to God, like I always say, that they think about us on this Old Gentilly Road,” Degruy said.Solving the issues of illegal dumping will not be fast or easy, but Nguyen said it is a priority and one of the first problems she looks to address when she takes office in May.Keep up with local news, weather and current events with the WDSU app here. Sign up for our email newsletters to get breaking news right in your inbox.
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