WILMINGTON, NC (WECT) - Those living in the Love Grove neighborhood are hoping that a recent train derailment will bring attention to an issue they say is decades old.
They are planning on filing a petition and hope to go before city council July 9 to ask for a second access road into the neighborhood.
Because there is only one way in and out of the neighborhood, when the train derailed last Friday, it blocked off the only entrance and left neighbors stranded for hours.
Eventually crews were able to build a secondary access road, but officials say if there had been a medical emergency before the road was built they would have had to land a helicopter.
Neighborhood leaders say this wasn't the first time the neighborhood was blocked off. E.B. Davis, who lives nearby, says about 10 years ago a fire also blocked off the neighborhood. He says neighbors have been asking counselors to build another road for the past 10 to 15 years, but says so far nothing has been done.
"It's just horrendous that no one has thought about getting these people out of here," said Davis. "It's sad that it had to get to this before out elected officials saw the necessity of doing this."
Davis says he wants as many people as possible to go to the council meeting on the 9th, to show people how important this issue is. He is also urging everyone to call counselors before then to tell them why it's so important to get a second road.
"Our main objective is to raise the consciousness of those who live there that they need to speak up to get a way out of there," said Davis.
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