Tuesday, March 5, 2013

Tobago couple living in fear

Eleazer King, 70, and his wife Edith are living in fear of the coming rainy season, as it causes major flooding both inside and outside their home, located at Hampden, Lowlands, Tobago.

The  elderly couple told the Express they have been living in the Hampden area for the past 30 years and when it rains. their home becomes a swimming pool, with furniture and appliances floating in the water.,

"And I'm begging them. I complain a lot about it. I need a box drain on the side there. You see they fix up the road and its higher than my land now. So the water from the road is flowing back in here," King said.

Clean-up operations are a regular feature at the residence, and with the rainy reason only months away, the Kings are praying help arrives sooner rather than later. Edith, who is also recovering from a stroke she suffered a month ago, said last Christmas after returning from church the home was flooded following a heavy downpour.

"All our carpet soak down, and they decide they not giving us back the carpet, so the floor is just like that," King said.

Concrete pillars have now been placed below the various items of furniture at the couple's home, to prevent  the water from damaging their personal items.

When contacted on the matter, Infrastructure Secretary Hilton Sandy said a box drain will not alleviate the situation. He said additional works will restart this week to address the situation. Sandy said there will also have to be a levelling of the yard space of the home.

Source: TrinidadExpress 

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