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A Poor Man's Corner

BY RACQUEL PORTER
Observer staff reporter
porterr@jamaicaobserver.com

Thursday, October 05, 2017

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RESIDENTS of Poor Man's Corner in St Thomas are now wondering if it is because the community is poor why the main road continues to be neglected despite numerous complaints over many years.

“How long are we going to wait,”residents of the St Thomas community asked yesterday.

Whenever it rains, Poor Man's Corner along the Grant's Pen to Pamphret main road is flooded, causing a serious inconvenience to motorists and pedestrians.

“When it ago fix? Everybody [just] come and take pictures,” a seemingly frustrated motorist shouted yesterday as he drove slowly on the flooded main road in Poor Man's Corner yesterday.

A resident, who asked not to be named argued that the authorities have ignored the thoroughfare.”Why is it taking so long for them to repair the road,” asked the business owner who added that it takes at least four days for the water to subside.

“The motorists war and quarrel all the time because nobody no want to drive in the water. We need [good] road,” the woman said, adding that the poor road condition will worsen in coming days as a result of inclement weather affecting the island.

“Every time rain fall di road flood. Even the slightess dew and di road flood,” Rochelle Wilson, a resident said. Wilson, a 29-year-old mother of two, said as a result of the poor road conditions she has to take one child on her back on reaching the flooded section and return for the other, taking up valuable time when taking them to school.

“We just want them to fix the road so we can walk and drive in peace, one resident said, adding that the road has been in a state of disrepair for more than 10 years.

“I live here 12 years now and it has always been like this when the rain falls. How much longer are we going to wait? The pedestrians have nowhere to walk,” the disgruntle residents said.

Meanwhile, a section of the Bath to Hordley main road in Wheeler's Field was impassable yesterday due to heavy rain. A section of the road way was washed away as a river nearby overflowed its banks and the culvert was unable to carry the volume of water.

Communications and customer service manager at the at the National Works Agency Stephen Shaw, in a release, said the agency had made progress in reopening some roadways that were rendered impassable due to heavy rainfall in St Thomas, but a few locations remained a challenge as it continued to rain in the parish.

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