A pleasant Sunday drive turned into a financial nightmare for David Weick when he drove down the 900 block of Philip Street in the Garden District, and his car bottomed out on this sharply raised hump in the middle of the street.
"You can see a trail of oil that leads all the way up the street from where I hit the bottom of that hole. So it was frustrating. You know, we were going to go out and enjoy the day, and then the whole day was shot,” said Weick.
David got angry all over again, just seeing the trail of oil still visible on the street. But this souvenir really upset him, the scratched oil pan with the hole in it, and the repair job wasn't cheap.
"It's a lot of money, it's a lot of money, $700 is a lot of money. I think the city should repay, reimburse me."
David filed a claim with the city's Risk Management Department, and a spokeswoman for the mayor said that's exactly what people need to do when they have a complaint like this. She said that when they get his paperwork, they'll begin their investigation. But she concluded, “Citizens are generally reimbursed within 35-90 days.”
"It's been a couple of years. I would say two years, and then getting progressively worse," said Michael Pelias, a neighbor.
Pelias said he hears vehicles strike the hump at least a couple of times a day, scraping the asphalt off the top. He finally painted a caution sign to warn drivers, but it has now faded.
"And besides the Good Samaritan aspect, I just hate to see anybody have unnecessary damage done to their cars,” said Pelias.
"I was angry at this city because this should be repaired,” said Weick.
The mayor's spokeswoman said the best repair method is now being studied. The neighbors hope it will be more than cosmetic.