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Lamar Co. community victims of Chinese Drywall


HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) - Some families have been living in the units on Bentley Brooke road for years. 

"Almost three years. October 2010," said Resident, Maria Williams.

"Five to six years," said Resident, Terrell Burrell.

"Four and a half years," said Resident, Contempris Williams.

During that time they all say they have been burdened with issues in their homes.

"The A. C. has gone out probably six or seven times in my house in the last two and a half, three years. Then, I had other issues the refrigerator, the washer, the dryer, different things that kept going out," said Maria Williams.

Then they claim their problems became more critical. "Headaches," said Maria Williams.

"I done contracted a heart condition. I done had open heart surgery," said  Burrell.

"Me and my children have been getting sick time after time. We have been going back and forth to the hospital. My baby, she is two, she has a hole in her heart. Now, she has heart surgery next month," said Contempris Williams.

They say it never occurred to them their own homes could be the problem, until Wednesday. They received a notice on their doors, from Sigma and Community Bank notifying them of an inspection that has identified 26 homes containing high sulfur content drywall, as known as, Chinese Drywall.

 "Death Trap! They're death traps," said Maria Williams.  

"We ingesting this hydrogen sulfide. This is a chemical that will kill you," said Burrell.

"I didn't know where it was coming from, but I kind of thought it might be the environment we are in. We keep getting sick, and we keep going back to the doctor and it's not clearing up. Everything they are giving us is not clearing it up," said Contempris Williams.

The notice is also a lease termination. It tells the residents, because the drywall needs to be removed from the unit occupants of the 26 homes contaminated need to leave. One resident says she called the number given in the letter, and was informed they have 25 days to get out.

The bank says in a release they will pay up to 500 dollars in moving expenses.

For these people there are so many questions that are going unanswered, and the most important is: Where do they go from here?

"I don't know," said Burrell.

"We don't have anywhere to go. We have to find somewhere to go," said Contempris Williams.

"I have to find a place. I don't know. I am stuck," said Maria Williams.

"They are giving us a certain amount of time. We need more time, and we need to be tested to see what is going on," said Letoya Cornelius.

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