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Bill Capo / Eyewitness News
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NEW ORLEANS -- Along a section of St. Ann Street, residents are proud that they returned after Katrina and restored their homes to create a pleasant neighborhood.

Pleasant, that is, except for a serious case of blight -- a long-abandoned house that is collapsing with its boards on the sides falling off, and a heavily overgrown lot next to it, the tall grass becoming a dumping ground.

'And I think it is very, very, very deplorable for a condition like this, because someone could get hurt. They might have all kinds of animals in there,' Lucille Batiste said. 'That house could fall on somebody.'

You can see the neighbors are fed up with the mess in their midst. Not only fed up, but worried.

'This is ridiculous. We can't even walk down the block to get to the next corner unless we cross the street, and you never know what's in there, they're throwing garbage and trash,' said Carol Henry.

'When you look at the back of it, there's the possibility it could possibly fall, but then you don't know what's on the inside, so it's a danger,' Marguerite Jefferson said.

Now the city's blight status website has 14 cases on this property dating back to 2009, when there was the first guilty judgment. The latest case was filed in March of this year. A hearing was scheduled for July, but has now been put off until November.

The neighbors say that's just unacceptable.

'They could set a fire, and then they'll set a fire and everybody will be done here, so no, that's not acceptable at all,' said Batiste.

The city's latest inspection in March found 17 code violations. Now the neighbors are asking the city for quick action.

'I think it's time for us to get some action to take care of all this grass and everything,' said Henry. 'We don't know what's happening in that grass.'

I'll let you know what happens.

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