Utility trailer sitting outside house for years finally removed
BATON ROUGE - Frances Watson tells 2 On Your Side she's been looking at a dump outside her house for the last year and a half.
The problem is feet from her driveway and Watson says she's tired of looking at it.
"No one really looks at it every day except for me," she said.
The problem is with a utility trailer that's been over-filled with garbage, scrap wood, metal, and other items. Watson isn't sure where the trailer came from but says it's been there since July 2016. It's pushed to the end of a dead-end street near I-10.
Frustrated, she called 2 On Your Side after multiple calls to the City-Parish went unanswered. She says she's tired of picking up trash that falls from the trailer and blows in the wind.
"It's a little bit of the dump, right there in front of my house," she said.
The City-Parish 311 call center confirmed the report.
According to Google Maps, the same trailer was seen on Watson's street in April 2011. It somehow made it to Watson's end of the road and has sat there ever since.
As more time passes, plywood walls on the trailer have given way and the tires are flat. Watson says she's been fighting this fight for too long and wants the trailer gone so her nice neighborhood can go back to being just that.
It's a bit of a mystery as to what happened next. Thursday afternoon, 2 On Your Side received an anonymous call from someone saying the trailer had been removed. The City-Parish did not take responsibility. Watson sent a photo to WBRZ and the trailer is no longer on her street.