Frustration for City folk
TREES were uprooted, homes soaked, back yards flooded, and one 20-foot container hurled more than 100 metres by powerful waters as low lying St Michael felt some of the fury of this country’s latest tropical wave late Sunday night and early Monday morning.
Westbury and New Orleans, the bedrock of The City, were literally at sea with several homes disrupted by the driving rain that engulfed the country.
Almost every house in those close-knitted and densely populated districts complained of wet floors and in some cases, overflowing wells.
Sharon Matthews of Beckles Avenue (9th Avenue New Orleans), complained about an overflowing well and the stench emanating from it. She and her teenaged son, Jalani, spent most of the day doing mop-up operations.
“The help can’t come soon enough. We have been going through this ordeal for years every time the rain falls like this. When is help going to come?” asked Matthews, who said she had been pleading for help from the Urban Development Commission.
The most dramatic scene of the weekend drenching was clearly in Bridge Gap, Black Rock, where high waters and strong currents propelled a huge container down wind, Sunday night.
The runaway container took a left turn, disabled telephone lines, struck a post and narrowly avoided colliding into two houses before coming to an abrupt halt on Goodland Main Road.
Omawale Goodridge spoke in disbelief.
“It looked like something out of a movie. It is still hard to believe that heavy rains could do so much damage but seeing is believing,” he said.
The Archer brothers of Goodland Main Road also had it tough. Neville, 70, had to toss his wet carpet into the yard and rearrange his living and dining rooms and Kenneth had to do the same along with cleaning his workshop which was flooded.
Pam Goodridge’s nearby house was full of water and mud while less than 40 metres away, Cora Taylor pointed to wet floors.
In Bridge Gap, Black Rock, rain also drenched the home of Rawldine and Desmond Leacock, leaving both to do plenty of mopping. (MK)