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WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — What would you do if a tree limb fell on your roof, and blocked the front door of your house? Residents of Wilmington’s Vesta Village community tried to get help with the clean-up, but they claim the Wilmington Housing Authority did more harm than good.

Residents say they may not have much, but they take pride in what they do have, especially their homes.

After a June 8 thunderstorm dropped a limb on a home, many residents called the WHA to come clean it up.

A resident who asked that we not put her on camera for fear of retaliation described the scene.

“Emergency maintenance came out and broke a limb for me to walk out of my front door,” she said. “When they broke it off they told me they would be back, because they had to get a contractor to do it, and I’m still waiting on the contractor to come.”

For close to two weeks, residents have been forced to walk around and even climb through the tree while trying to get in and out of their home. After contacting the Wilmington Housing Authority to try and get the situation cleaned up, they were shocked at the Housing Authority’s response.

“Housing came out here, and instead of cleaning up the tree, they busted down the basketball goal,” neighbor Terry Faulk said.

Since there are no swing sets or other play places inside of Vesta Village, residents pooled their money to purchase a basketball goal for the kids. That investment in the community was shattered when residents claim WHA workers sheered the bolts on the goal sending it crashing to the ground and shattering the backboard and the spirit on looking kids.

“It’s breaking the kids’ spirit,” Faulk said. “Look at all of the kids that are standing around. This is what they love doing and how they get along. Here we are trying to stop crime and everything and you come and take the one thing that the kids have to play with, the basketball goal, and instead of removing the tree that’s a hazard to the whole community.”

A spokesman for the Wilmington Housing Authority says that the basketball goal was taken down because it opened the organization up to a liability lawsuit.

He said contractors will remove the fallen tree tomorrow.

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30 Comments on "ONLY ON 3: Residents ask for fallen tree removal, WHA tears down basketball goal"

2015 years 10 months ago

You totally missed the boat.

2015 years 10 months ago

You libatards are useless sponges.

2015 years 10 months ago

Funny how WHA took the time to destroy a basketball goal that kids use regularly…is this what tax payers get??? Do your job and get contractors out there ASAP. How convenient that WHA is saying the debris will be removed AFTER media coverage. Regardless of what anyone says about this area why are kids being the victim on this…Maybe the goal shouldn’t be there for liability but there was no immediate reason or danger that would have led a reasonable person to destroy their only basketball goal. If need be then notify the residents and move it, after all the reason they install wheels on the bottom of those goals is for that purpose. Some of these “hood” areas that people label them as don’t have nearly any resources for children and teens when you compare them to other communities. This goal can help kids out in the present and future but now its only in the past. No sign of compassion from WHA in this instance. The goal needs to be replaced and those kids need an apology.

2015 years 10 months ago

Who’s slinging mud? I’m just telling the truth.
Your post sounds like you are making the assumption that because you live in the projects you either deal drugs, are a prostitute, or an armed robber. The kids the basketball goal was for, I assume, looking at the clip are elementary students; a little young to be any of the people you described.
I know some people that live in the projects that work hard, but, because of lack of education or other reasons find it hard to get ahead. I also know people that were raised in the projects that have done really well for themselves.
By the way, “folks” in the context you use it is a code word. “Chirrens” is just plain, down-right racist.
Go ring your own bell, Klucker.

Bart Simpson
2015 years 10 months ago

It is obvious on the close up shots on the video the basketball hoop system was is very poor condition and outlived its usefulness very long ago. The story said it was bought last year which is obviously not true by its appearance. Free food, housing, cell phone and now the entitlement crowd wants free hoops.


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