Families with Condemn Homes Remain Frustrated with City Officials

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37 houses are condemned in the city of Green Bay with no return date in sight for those homeowners.

Some homeowners say the city did not respond appropriately to their cries for help after the flooding.

The Moua family is looking at a $10,000 price tag to fix their basement.

They say the water that got in nearly touched the windows, but sump pumps continued to pump water out.

That is until the city came and turned the power off.

“They said we’d either have to go get a generator or run a wire through the neighbor’s houses and share a generator,” says John. “You have water and ice out here, so how are you going to run electrical wires and cords through neighbor’s yards? It’s just impossible.”

Joe Skelly lives across the street from Rebecca and John.

He helped the family clear out their home, but had hoped the city would be more helpful.

“The absolute lack of response from any city officials and the response that we did get was just not professional,” says Skelly.

The Moua house is just one of the 37 condemned.

They say the real help they received came from the Red Cross, but that does little for the repair of their home.

“City inspectors come and go downstairs and inspect it and they shut the power off when we’re trying to figure out what’s going on,” says Skelly. “They’re running around the neighborhood, all four of them are just slapping each other on the back, joking, laughing, having a great time while we’re throwing people‘s memories and lives away in the garbage.”

The family hopes moving forward city workers will be able to offer people in their position better direction in case this happens again.

“I want to see their future plan because it happened already it’s going to happen again because this is where our tax dollars go for.”

The Moua’s say it will be at least another couple of weeks until they are able to go back home.

Brown County Emergency Management told Local 5 they want to clarify they have nothing to do with the city inspector’s decision to condemn houses.

Local 5 is still waiting to hear back from the city inspector’s office.

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