Monday, April 29, 2013

Landslides threaten homes in Tobago

Relocated: Frank Edwards points out the landslide
in front his home yesterday, following continuous rainfall in Tobago.
 He along with his 17-year-old daughter and wife
 had to be relocated as the concrete pillars
 of his home are a few metres away from the landslide.

A total of 15 incident reports were received by the Tobago Emergency Management Agency (TEMA) on Saturday, as persistent rainfall was experienced in Tobago.

According to Tobago Fire Service officials, two families had to be relocated to a guest house in Mt St George area, as their homes were threatened by landslides.

One of those persons, Frank Edwards 48, told the Express the earth started slipping away, in the vicinity of his home, shortly after 6.30 p.m. on Saturday. His three-member family, including a 17-year-old girl, a pupil of the Roxborough Secondary School, have been relocated.

“A landslide came down at the back and this one to the front, of my home. The landslide is very much threatening the concrete beams, and is making it impossible to enter and come out of the house,” Edwards said.

Edwards said, area representative Joel Jack, engineer Carl Alleyne and fire officer David Thomas responded and assisted his family. 

Edwards said he remains concerned as the retaining walls which have been built along the sides of his home are not tall enough to protect against further land slippage.

“The walls are below the land and once the walls stay below the land, the land on top will continue to slip,” he said.

The Tobago Emergency Operations Centre has since been partially activated. There have also been three reports of residential flooding, nine landslides, and one fallen tree, in addition to flash and street flooding.


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