More cracks, cries in White Hill
AT LEAST one parent in White Hill, St Andrew, will not be sending her child to school until something is done about the collapsed road in the village.
Carlitha Andrews told the MIDWEEK NATION yesterday that her ten-year-old daughter would be kept at home from today.
“I am taking a stand,” Andrews said. “I am pulling her from school. I am not letting my child go to school because I am frightened. I do not want her walking across that road.”
Andrews said she had to stop her daughter from attending lessons because they usually finished at 6 p.m. and there were no street lights in the area of the collapsed road.
“We got to be home before it get dark.”
She was among several parents and guardians who were waiting at the turning bay for the arrival of the bus to walk their young children across the dangerous stretch of road.
Andrews said other parents were also considering withdrawing their children from school as they too were worried about their safety.
The majority of the children, who are between the ages of three and 11, attend Hillaby/Turners Hall Primary School and they, too, expressed fear of having to walk across the broken road.
“I real frighten that I fall into the gully,” cried little Fabian Newton.
The upset residents, who want to be relocated, managed to breathe a sigh of relief yesterday when workmen from Barbados Light & Power (BL&P) descended on the area to restore electricity to their homes.
The men worked from 9 a.m. until about 4 p.m., cutting bamboo trees which were dangerously hanging on power lines.
Ricky Edwards, distribution supervisor at BL&P, said they responded to the area after receiving reports that the bamboo was burning because of a spark from the electrical wires.
“We spent most of the day from about 9 o’clock this morning trying to clear this stretch of area. It meant taking the power off for the time that we are working. It is matter of clearing this stretch of bamboo and when we are done, we should be able to put the power back on without any immediate threat.”
Residents said they appreciated what the BL&P was doing.
“The Light & Power is trying tremendously to help us and we appreciate what they are doing for us,” Andrews said, as she watched the men hard at work.