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EBCC releases road work survey results

According to the survey, 96% of respondents reported experiencing health symptoms.  (Image Source: WLOX News) According to the survey, 96% of respondents reported experiencing health symptoms. (Image Source: WLOX News)
Collaborative members say it's not the road construction that's peaking their interests, but the health concerns (Image Source: WLOX News) Collaborative members say it's not the road construction that's peaking their interests, but the health concerns (Image Source: WLOX News)
BILOXI, MS (WLOX) -

Finding a direct route to almost any destination in east Biloxi can be like figuring out a maze.

But, it's not the road construction that's peaking the interest of some members of the east Biloxi Community Collaborative.

"This whole project is really a violation of the clean air and clean water act. It's violating people's rights," said Elizabeth Englebretson.

Englebretson is a member of East Biloxi Community Collaborative, the group who did a survey of east Biloxi residents.

"It asks questions about property damage. It ask questions about health issues and health concerns," said Englebretson. 

According to the survey, 96 percent of respondents reported experiencing health symptoms.

"We're already seeing people coming in with new cases of asthma, with respiratory problems, possibly being misdiagnosed and mistreated because there isn't an understanding of what's in the dust," said Englebretson.

Cedric McGee, another member of the collaborative, says he's canvased streets, talking with residents face to face about their concerns.

"For example, there's a family that lives down the street and one of the things she was saying is that they have property in the street. The fence had been taken down and they believe it was taken down by the contractor, but they just hadn't had any communication," said Mcgee.

McGee and Englebretson are encouraging residents to keep records of health concerns, property damage, and calls they make to report problems.

"What we need to do is make sure that we're doing the work, we're committed to doing the work, but we also do it intelligently in order for this area not only to be transformed but for people to still have a sense of this is their community, and this is something they will continue to take pride in," said Mcgee.

Click here to read the results of the survey, and click here to learn what residents can do if they feel their rights are being violated. 

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