Distressed Diego Martin Residents Need River Wall Rebuilt
The heavy rains have residents at Emerald Drive living in fear that their homes will be washed away by the Diego Martin River, which runs at the back of their homes.
A wall built by the Ministry of Works to protect their properties was damaged in June 2017 when Tropical Storm Bret hit this island.
One resident, who wanted to be identified only as George, spoke on the phone with TTT News about the problem.
He said they have been trying for over one year to get the Ministry to repair the damage, but to no avail.
In desperation, one home owner scraped together $10,000 to build her own wall, but the force of the river broke it down completely last week.
George says this house is on the river bend and already the foundation has been undermined. Caimans have been entering the property, and both these hazards cannot be ignored.
He is pleading with the Ministry of Works to come and do its job.
TTT News contacted the Minister of Works, Rohan Sinanan, who assured that there is a programme which has been budgeted for, and which should take care of the problem soon.