FOX 8 Defenders: Gentilly water meter full of bees

Water meter bees

NEW ORLEANS, LA (WVUE) - A Gentilly homeowner turned to the FOX 8 Defenders after finding a potentially dangerous situation on her front lawn.

The Sewerage and Water Board meter outside Julie Bogan's Mirabeau Gardens home was wide open, and attached to the lid were several layers of honeycomb. At first she thought it was trash, but as she got a closer look, Bogan noticed hundreds of bees on the honeycomb outside of the meter and even more in the actual meter.

At the time, most of the bees appeared to be dead.

"Right now they look like there's some moving around, so maybe they're waking up or something," Bogan said. "It's not in my house, but it's not too far away so I really wanna get it cleaned up," she said.

After several calls to the Sewerage and Water Board, Bogan learned a meter reader had been stung and went to an emergency room. The FOX 8 Defenders are working to find out when the bees will be removed.

Just this week, New Orleans Mayor Latoya Cantrell announced a big Sewerage and Water Board hiring day.  It's planned for after the Fourth of July with a focus specifically on meter readers. For years, residents and business owners have complained of billing concerns, and part of that problem is a lack of meter readers to get accurate numbers.

The FOX 8 Defenders staffed with volunteers from the National Council of Jewish Women also consumer complaints at 1-877-670-6397 or you can fill out an online complaint form

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