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Reconstruction of retaining wall still an emergency

Published: 
Thursday, November 30, 2017

On September 28, 2017, when we had all the heavy rains and flood due to the Santa Cruz river over flowing its banks, we lost our retaining wall and 30 per cent of the property. The erosion continues to this day and is now threatening the foundation of our home.

On September 29, 2017, we were visited by the ODPM and the Regional Corporation for San Juan. They reviewed the damage and said that it was an emergency.

On October 6, 2017, we were visited by the Ministry of Works. They reviewed the damage and left.

On October 26, 2017, we were visited by the Ministry of Works and the MP for the region. They reviewed the damage and also agreed that it was an emergency.

My husband and I are retirees in our 80s. We do not have the funds to repair this wall and the land continues to fall into the river, exposing us to all the bad elements—both human and natural—so that our safety is at risk.

We are appealing, begging, the ODPM, the Ministry of Works, the San Juan Laventille Regional Corporation and all those who visited our site, to please help us. We are also making a special appeal to our MP, Mrs Gatsby-Dolly, to please give this (us) some attention.

We thank you for your kind consideration.

MR & MRS FELIX BELLSMYTH,

8 Sunny Acres, Sam Boucaud,
Santa Cruz