Biloxi woman suing contractor for infrastructure work over damage to car

Biloxi woman suing contractor for infrastructure work over damage to car
Tammy Carney shows the potholes along the road next to her home. (Photo source: WLOX News)
Tammy Carney shows the potholes along the road next to her home. (Photo source: WLOX News)
A vehicle tries to avoid the large puddle on Esters Blvd. (Photo source: WLOX News)
A vehicle tries to avoid the large puddle on Esters Blvd. (Photo source: WLOX News)

BILOXI, MS (WLOX) - One Biloxi woman's frustration over the rough commute in East Biloxi has reached a boiling point. Tammy Carney is suing Oscar Renda, the company hired to do the infrastructure work in East Biloxi.

She said her Mercedes Benz needs close to $4,500 worth of repairs, and she said the roads in her neighborhood, now reduced to a rocky path, are to blame.

"I had to take my car into the shop. I need new struts. I need new wheel barrings. I need an alignment. I need shocks and the list goes on," Carney explained.

To help pay for the damage, Carney is suing Oscar Renda in Justice Court.

"By this, I hope that they will at least pave the roads just for us to drive down and feel like we live in the city again and you want to see the kids out playing again. I want friends and family over again. No one wants to even come over and its embarrassing."

Since the road work started, Carney and her mother said it feels like a never ending road nightmare. They've put up a fence to keep vehicles, trying to bypass the street, off their yard. She said her home has turned into a dust trap. And in order to get to her driveway, she ops to take a detour to avoid parts of the road.

"It's annoying at each and every bump and pothole that you hit, not to mention the broken asphalt that you have to ride over," she added. "You have big chunks of broken asphalt, rocks that you have to ride over they are popping up under your car, popping up on your car."

By filing a claim through justice court, Carney hopes to get her vehicle fixed and one day soon have a smoother commute home.

Carney said Oscar Renda has been notified of the damage to her vehicle, but has not offered to pay it. That company was not immediately available for comment.

Biloxi Councilman Felix Gines said there are a few more roads on schedule to receive temporary paving.

Gines said those roads chosen won't be worked on for at least another year by the contractor. Currently the city is waiting for a schedule on infrastructure work so paving can start again.

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