Noisy nights near railroad in Donaldsonville, neighbors have had enough
POSTED: Wednesday, September 25, 2013 - 6:00pm
UPDATED: Wednesday, September 25, 2013 - 7:19pm
DONALDSONVILLE, LA (NBC 33) — Edward Faulks lives off Fifth Street in Donaldsonville. He said during the day it's quiet around the area, but at night it's a different story.
"It's noisy, plenty noise, it shakes when they cut them cars loose and they bump one another," Faulks described.
His home is across the street from a railroad track. He said at night Union Pacific trains clang around when they switch cars.
"It wakes you up if you are sleeping, it's going to wake you up. All hours of the night 2,3, in the morning four o'clock in the morning that's your best time to sleep. 3 o'clock in the morning that's when you get the best rest," Faulks said.
Faulks isn't the only one upset about the noise. His neighbors have signed a petition asking the railroad to stop the ruckus.
"It's like a big loud boom sound when they're backing the trains up or when they're going forward with the trains," Legistine North, who lives near railroad tracks, said. "We did a petition for them to stop doing that, because we have new born babies round here. They wake them up in the middle of the night, and they start crying."
Our news partners at The Creole reported Tuesday the Donaldsonville City Council voted to support the petition which asks the Union Pacific Railroad to stop making loud noises between the hours of 10:30 p.m. and 4:30 a.m.
Faulks said he hopes the rail road listens, so he can finally get some sleep.
"I know they have a job to do but do it in a much quieter way. You're disturbing the people," Faulks said.
NBC33 reached out to Union Pacific and they said, "Railroads operate on a 24-hour basis in order to meet the needs of businesses that depend on trains to deliver their goods. We are experiencing a lot of growth in Louisiana and will look into the community’s concerns in Donalsonville."
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