The effects of flooding are still causing havoc for some residents of Beetham Gardens and El Socorro South, and many are counting their losses.
Beetham Gardens resident Naladar Edwards, a mother of six, yesterday said she has been a flood victim several times.
Flooding in Beetham Gardens seems uncommon, but they face it every time it rains, she said.
Naladar, a CEPEP worker, told Guardian Media all her appliances and baby supplies were washed away in the floodwaters.
Although the disaster happened three days ago, Naladar reported receiving assistance from the San Juan Laventille Regional Corporation. However, the mattresses and food hampers weren’t enough for her and the six children.
The single mother, who uses placards across the country asking for help, said she pays a rent of $100 a month for an apartment and she has been pleading with the Housing Development Corporation (HDC) to relocate her, as she can no longer deal with the losses.
“I feel afraid and frightened sometimes. I just walk to look for a job and once I see the weather changing I rush home. This is making me feel emotional, I need help and when I am out working, I always have to prepare for if I will be flooded out again,” she said.
El Socorro resident Patrice Charles stands in her front door watching the rising flood waters outside her home at Para Singh Avenue, El Socorro South, yesterday.
Edwards is one of the many Beetham residents facing the reality of flooding.
For residents of El Socorro South, floodwaters filled the streets and many couldn’t access their homes.
Residents blame the pumps for the issue. The floodwater was along El Socorro South and access to many homes was cut off, with only high vehicles such as trucks and vans being able to enter the community.
The residents said since October, they had been facing this issue and it is challenging for ailing people and those who needed to get access to any services.
Resident Patricia Charles, who owns a parlour in the area, told Guardian Media, “It has been months since we have been facing this and we need the pumps to work properly, since the pumps have not been moving the water effectively. Water is now coming through the doors in my house and I have rooms filled with water.”
In October, Guardian Media reported that a pump was procured for the area but would be installed in the dry season.
Speaking to Guardian Media yesterday, San Juan/Barataria MP Saddam Hosein said he was aware of the residents’ concerns and confirmed that the pump issue was a real one and this is now affecting hundreds.
He added that he had raised the concerns of the residents in Parliament on more than one occasion but no relief is in sight for the many affected.
Guardian Media called Works and Transport Minister Rohan Sinanan but calls to his phone went unanswered up to late yesterday.