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Meat Still Rotting In Gulfport Neighborhood Post-Katrina

In 46 years on Joseph Avenue, Stanley Spradley has never seen or smelled anything like what is coming from next door.

"This house is been in this pool six or seven months since the hurricane, and it's full of rotten chicken, pork bellies, and it's awful. It stinks. It smells you know," said Spradley.

The meat had been stored at the port of Gulfport and Katrina washed it into nearby neighborhoods.

Seven months later, the meat that Hazmat crews did not pick up continues to be a nuisance, especially as people in this quiet neighborhood work hard to rebuild.

"We don't know what to do. We can't find out anything, what the problem is or what they are going to do about it or anything," said Spradley.

"I've called everybody that I know to call. The most action I got was when I called the police department and they sent someone out from EPA. They dumped lime in the swimming pool, but that only lasts for one day and now the stench is back when it gets hot. It smells like sewage when it is hot," said neighbor Katrina Blackwood.

Describing the stench of this neighborhood as the "smell of sewage" is putting it nicely.

That's because the smell is not just coming from the pool of this abandoned home.

It's also coming from rotting chickens in the pool of what used to be a condominium.

And it's even coming from rotting meat still hanging from bushes in the neighborhood seven months after the storm.

Bob Brownlee has been visiting family on this street off and on since Katrina, and he says he is amazed at what hasn't been done, and he believes it is dangerous.

"This is a house that is sitting on a brew of stuff . I mean they thought it was toxic. They say it was toxic because they had their Hazmat suits on, but I mean we're here living in it. Are we supposed to wear our Hazmat suits 24 hours a day to live down here?" said Brownlee.

The neighbors aren't sure of the answer to that question, but they hope someone comes up with a way to solve their problem before this summer's hot weather.

We spoke to port of Gulfport director Don Allee, who has received numerous complaints of rotting chicken and pork bellies still in neighborhoods.

He says it is not the port's responsibility to clean it up. The company who owned the meat should take care of it.

By Karla Redditte

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