Biloxi Neighbors Question Why The City Is Condemning Homes

"Oh! There it is," Lysa Broussard said as she wiped away the dirt from the sidewalk.

Broussard recognized the address sprayed in front of her house on Hoxie Street in Biloxi.

"181. 20 years. Raised my boys here," said Broussard.

But she had no idea what the initials "CC" stood for.

"Central Connection? It's by the sewer line. Nobody talked to us, so we didn't know what they were doing," said Broussard.

Broussard's neighbor Betty Parrish is also confused.

"They were out here yesterday spray painting the sidewalk. I sent my husband out to see what was going on, and they said they were condemning all the houses," said Parrish.

Both women are questioning why the city wants to condemn their houses, especially when they have building permits and have already started hurricane repairs.

"I couldn't believe that they wouldn't even give us a notice or put a pamphlet on our doors or something, instead of sending somebody through the neighborhood, writing all over the street, scaring everybody," said Parrish.

Broussard said, "Oh, I'm furious! I'm mad!"

At least one family on Hoxie Street is still living in their home, yet their house also received the same marking. So what does this mean? WLOX News turned to city spokesman Vincent Creel for some answers.

"CC means 'condemned by the city'. If a structure is a threat to public safety or public health, it's going to have to come down. If you seen the CC in front of the sidewalk at your house, there's no reason to fear. We're not going to come down tomorrow and tear your house down. That's just another step in the process," Creel explained.

Creel says another step is for homeowners to appeal their case to the city. And that's what Lysa Broussard will have to do.

"I don't want to put what little we have into the house if they're going to come in and tear it down. So I don't know what to do. Call City Hall, I guess," said Broussard.

The Biloxi City Council has identified about 4,200 pieces of property that have been condemned, but that doesn't mean every house will have to come down. If your home has been marked and you want to appeal to the city, call 374-1211.