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Blocked drain causes headaches for Bamboo Drive residents

Thursday, July 3 2008

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A  resident of Bamboo Drive in Champs Fleurs points to the blocked drain behind her yard. Residents are calling on the authorities to clear the blocke...
A resident of Bamboo Drive in Champs Fleurs points to the blocked drain behind her yard. Residents are calling on the authorities to clear the blocke...

FOR almost seven years residents of Bamboo Drive, in Champs Fleurs, have complained about an overflowing drain which runs at the back of their houses.

The residents said the water run-off from the drain flowed into their yards and in some cases reached their back doors.

In an interview this week, resident said they were frustrated about the situation.

They were also concerned about the associated health problems since there has been an increase of mosquitoes in the area as a result of the blocked drain.

The water is also black at times, and smells.

“The drain is filled with slush and rubble from work that was being done further along the road. And now the water just cannot run off as it usually did; it backs up into people’s yard and then just stays there. So the place is always damp, it is always muddy and wet and it is just inconvenient and plain dangerous to all those who have to live with it,” said Fing, a resident of the area.

The residents said they have complained several times to the San Juan Regional Corporation and have written letters to the ombudsman and the councillor of the area.

Only recently, workers from the regional corporation were sent to the area to carry out checks but when they got there they refused to walk along the drain because they said it was too dangerous.

They are yet to hear from the corporation.

“Why is it that people have to be treated this way? We have to be hiring people ourselves to try and clean out the drain. Someone on the street just spent over $2,000 to install a pipe which runs from the drain behind her house to the street in front, just to alleviate the flooding she has in her back yard. This is not fair, we have been asking for help for so long and it just seems as though no one cares,” a resident said.

The San Juan/Laventille Regional Corporation said they were aware of the report and planned to have a meeting with the technical officers and hire sub-contractors to address the drainage problems.

The corporation’s officials could not say how soon work will begin but promised the problem should be fixed soon.

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