Two weeks after the entire community of Mt Lambert South was flooded when the San Juan River overspilled its banks, scores of residents are yet to move into their homes.
The disaster which struck the community is similar to events which occurred at Greenvale, in La Horquetta South last October.
But the response from Government agencies has been lax. The residents said they were grateful for the help offered by the NGO Habitat for Humanity, and the political representatives for the area.
Guardian Media visited the area to get a first-hand view of the devastation — some were linked to man-made obstructions while others were linked to clogged drains and poor infrastuctural planning.
In one instance, a farmer dug deep into the river bank to lay four-inch PVC pipes to channel water for his farm.
With the river at full capacity on September 22, the pressure sliced through the opening and water gushed into the homes of residents, in some instances through their windows.
After the flood, the farmer filled the 25-foot trench and tried to cover the pipe.
At Savannah Drive, one of the hardest-hit areas, residents lost everything.
Last October, they were among the thousands of citizens across the country who were affected by record flooding and some of them are still recovering from that disaster.
Ralph Humphrey recalled he had just eaten lunch when his wife alerted him that the river was about to breach its bank.
“We had to run for our lives. We lost everything. No one has come to help us,” Humphrey, a taxi-driver, told Guardian Media.
He said he was taking it one day at a time and in the interim was grateful for a temporary shelter for his family of four at a relative’s home.
Close to 800 people were directly affected and according to the local government councillor for the district, Amit Sooknanan more needed to be done urgently to restore the community.
Sooknanan said he had made several reports at the council meeting of the San Juan/Laventille Regional Corporation to help clear the clogged drains but noted that all of the nine backhoes there were not working.
Ashad Mohammed, who operates an auto shop at Savannah Drive was one of the few who escaped the wrath of the flood.
He along with several other residents took Guardian Media on a tour of the district.
He pointed to the missing flood gates to the ravine leading from Bermudez biscuit factory and tyres and even a tree trapped in the opening. He pleaded with authorities to repair the flood gates as he believes that this could help alleviate the flooding in the district.
Another resident, Amer Baldeo, said the force of the water at one bend was so strong it was eroding the bank and soon a bamboo clump can slip into the channel and leave his home vulnerable.
There are several multi-storey apartment complexes to the east, businesses to the south, and acres of farmland where produce such celery, lettuce, and morai were seen recovering from the slush.
Raw sewage was seen flowing directly into an open drain in front one of the apartment complexes which houses 16 separate tenants. Children ran about the yard, seemingly unaware of the potential health hazard.
Some farmers use that same contaminated water for their crops.
Arlene Hernandez, one of the more outspoken residents, pointed out that the drains in the area had not been cleared for years.
She took Guardian Media to a dumping ground where mounds of debris, including broken tiles, concrete, white waste and other material littered the landscape.
She said people also used the desolate area to dump bodies of murder victims in the past.
Callender said the residents cannot take any more and are pleading for help before the next heavy downpour.