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Bill Capo / Eyewitness News
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NEW ORLEANS -- At the intersection of Carrollton & Olive streets, a long, deep hole with a water leak at the bottom is why drivers begged for help.

There were near wrecks as vehicles tried to avoid the hole, and it was there long enough someone put small bricks into it to reduce damage when cars hit it.

'I wish they would fix that hole. It's tearing up my car,' driver Joyce Gilbert said last month. 'You see, it's an expensive car.'

'Oh, it was real bad,' said business owner Kennith Jackson. 'When it rained, the water, you couldn't even see the hole, and people would just duck and have to stop and let people just turn around, because you couldn't get through.'

So I contacted the Orleans Parish Sewerage & Water Board, pointed out this is a hazardous situation in the middle of a busy intersection and asked them to take care of this problem.

And look what they did. The water leak was repaired and the hole filled in, making both sides of the street passable again, at least until it rains.

'I was glad they fixed it, but they still need to do something about the two drains on both sides of the street, because they haven't worked in 30 something years,' said Jackson. 'It still floods back here when it rains hard. You don't know how deep it is unless you've been back here before.'

I asked the water board to finish repaving the street to stop a new pothole that is forming, and the Public Works Department to inspect the drains.

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