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Bill Capo / Eyewitness News
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NEW ORLEANS -- Cynthia Wharton wasn't sure whether to have her living room furniture delivered in August, the anniversary of hurricanes Katrina and Isaac.

'It's scary to know when August is coming in, because I never know, do I leave?'

We met one year after Katrina, when they called me because they had to live in their car while waiting for their FEMA trailer to be powered up and unlocked.

'It is very irritating when you're sitting right here, looking at something you should be in, and you're not,' Lawrence Wharton, her husband, said in September 2006.

With two bad contractors, they say it took three years to complete the Katrina repairs.

'When we got back in, we were like kids,' Lawrence said, smiling.

But then Isaac ripped the roof off last year, and they had to gut and repair their home again.

'Sheetrock was hanging down, and then you had water dripping over everything,' Cynthia said.

Now they're nearly finished with repairs again and seeking city help because they're nearly surrounded by badly overgrown properties.

'Between 2006 and 2012, I called often, I can't really tell you how many times, but it was always the runaround,' said Cynthia.

The corner lot next to neighbor Rosemary Simmons is so badly overgrown, trees hide the stop sign. She has seen snakes.

'He's about that long, about that big around,' said Rosemary.

Official records show the city has opened cases on these lots, but that inspections are needed. I'm going to ask them to do more than that, to make sure this grass gets cut, to help the neighbors. They're at the end of their rope.

'My wife said, would you do this again? And honestly, I would not do this again,' said Lawrence. 'It's tiresome. It wears your mind out, your body out, your soul, and as far as getting anything from the city to get done? No.'

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