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Alvin Dark residents beg for light

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Posted: Jun 13, 2011 9:16 PM by Stephanie Ryan
Updated: Jun 13, 2011 9:16 PM
Source: WBRZ

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Topics: Alvin Dark, Tigerland, crime, Department of Public Works, DPW, street lights

BATON ROUGE- Folks who live on Alvin Dark in Tigerland are sick of the street living up to its name.

The road is pitch black at night, leaving a lot of people too afraid to go outside after the sun sets. They say the lack of illumination has made their neighborhood a haven for crime.

"There's a lot of robbing going on. It's a drug area, and it's too dark," Catherine Carter said.

Last week during a home invasion, a woman told police she was sexually assaulted by an intruder. She told police her boyfriend was also attacked.

The crime in the area has many college students and senior citizens who live there on edge. Some say they have been asking the city for streetlights for six months.

"If I have to go to the grocery store, I make sure I have plenty of time to go home before the sun goes down," Lauren Rogers said.

Rogers installed a camera to monitor her home, but decided the crime was simply too much. She and her family are moving away.

For folks who stay, there is relief in sight.

The Department of Public Works says it plans to study how many lights are needed on the street, and then install them after the City Council approves the cost. That could be up to $120,000.

"On June 8, we received a request," Ingolf Partenheimer with DPW told News 2. That's the first he said he's heard of the need for light on the street, which has been shrouded in darkness since Partenheimer himself was there in the early 80s.

Partenheimer says he isn't sure why there hasn't been light in the past. He said people there should expect street lights within a year.

If you would like to request a street light on your road, call DPW.

If you need to report a broken light or a bulb that needs changing, call the city at 3-1-1.

In parishes outside of East Baton Rouge, contact your parishes or city offices.

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