Bill Capo / Action Reporter

NEW ORLEANS -- Betty Miller used the savings for her retirement to completely refurbish the house she lived almost all of her life in after Hurricane Katrina.

But now she is stuck living next door to a long abandoned, heavily overgrown house that is starting to collapse.

'And if a storm comes, looks like everything is going to fall on my house,' she said. 'I'm frightened.'

'Very frightened,' said her son Walter. 'If that house were to fall, it is going to fall directly on my mom's home. It took three years to rebuild this home, and my mom sleeps on that side, so if it falls, any time in the day, and my mom is there, my mom probably will be killed.'

On the porch there is a frightening sight. The columns holding up the second floor are leaning badly. The doors are wide open, and inside rotting furniture is still in place.

Miller said vagrants often use the place, making him worry about fires.

'Look at the foundation, how it's shifting.'

Walter remembers the house being the jewel of the neighborhood when he was a child.

'It was just awesome,' he said. 'It was great coming up here, running up the stairs, and then you get this big open area, and sitting out there on the balcony just watching everybody pass by.'

Just how fragile has this structure become? Well, you can see from the columns how badly it's leaning.

That's why Walter Miller emailed me. That's why I'm contacting the mayor's office, asking them to come out here, declare this in imminent danger of collapse, and make sure it is taken down, before it falls down.

'We've tried contacting everybody we can think of, and we've been working on this for about three years. No one has been able to do anything, absolutely nothing.'

A city spokeswoman said officials are checking on this situation. I'll let you know what happens.


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