Neighbors worry about leaning utility poles Uptown

Kristen Pierce talks to neighbors about leaning utility poles.

NEW ORLEANS -- Utility poles Uptown are leaning and homeowners in the Riverbend and Hollygrove neighborhoods say it's been that way for months. 

"It's ridiculous how bad they are," said Marry Marsalis, who's lived in the area for three years.

A nearby neighbor, Raymond Lewis agrees. 

"They've got to fix the poles because if they fall into the street, that's really going to be a hazard. No telling how many people are going to get hurt or get killed," said Lewis. 

Marsalis said about a month ago a pole fell near the intersection of S. Carrollton and Washington avenues. 

"I just worry about them falling on a car and I really try to avoid them because I don't want anything to happen to my kids," said Marsalis. 

Both said they're tried to call several companies about the leaning poles but they either didn't receive a response or they got the runaround. 

"We have called and complained but it doesn't seem like they want to do anything about it," said Marsalis. "They seem to not really care about it."

Lewis said every company he calls gives him a different name to call and he doesn't get any definitive answers. Neighbors want someone to do something. 

"For a lot of people, if an accident does happen, what do people do?" asked Lewis. "It's frustrating at the end of the day."

Eyewitness News reached out to both Entergy and AT&T, who said the poles do not belong to them.

Officials with the City of New Orleans said they are looking into the matter.

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