KENNER, La. (CBS Houston) – Louisiana homeowner was horrified as she watched city workers tear down the house she was rebuilding.
Reba Tullier tells WDSU-TV she had been doing work on the property since the original home was destroyed in Hurricane Katrina.
She and her daughter had been living in Mississippi while rebuilding.
But the city said work permits had expired in April and it had no choice but to demolish what neighbors said was an eyesore.
Tullier admitted she had been having trouble paying contractors, but said she recently lined up volunteers to help her with the work.
In fact, she told WDSU, she had come back to Kenner to take care of the legal issues when the city moved without warning.
“I do not get a letter. I do not get a date when this is going to happen,” she said.” I’ve called every single day to try to talk with somebody who could tell me when this was going to happen. Nobody could tell me anything because conveniently there’s no one in the office.”
City Attorney Keith Conley told WDSU-TV authorities are fighting public blight and there is no need for a court order as long as there is city council approval.
“They’re going to pay for this to be rebuilt. This is wrong.” said Tullier.