Sewage headache in Duhaney Park

BY RACQUEL PORTER
Staff reporter
porterr@jamaicaobserver.com

Sunday, July 01, 2018

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VEHICULAR traffic has been restricted on Shakespeare Avenue in Duhaney Park, St Andrew, due to a large hole left after the National Water Commission (NWC) dug up the road to repair sewer pipes.

The main that was repaired about seven months ago, by the estimation of residents of the area, was broken again recently.

When the Jamaica Observer first visited the area last November, a stench permeated the air as sewage flowed from the back of several premises onto Baldwin Crescent in the vicinity of Laura's Basic School and George Headley Primary School.

The road was later repaired by the National Water Commission.

However, the residents said that the sewer main was not repaired properly and so there was a reoccurrence.

On Friday when the Sunday Observer team visited the community, some residents complained that the section of the road which was dug up by the NWC was still causing a major hindrance to their daily routines.

“Over two months now that lady over there choke, so she call them. They just came. They said it wasn't done properly so they dug it and said they were going to fix it. Tuesday when they came they didn't notify anybody. They just start digging and it got worse. They told me that they were going to fix it up by Tuesday to Wednesday. Apparently they went in a meeting and they are not reaching anywhere with it, so they just left it like this and nothing more-so I don't know where to go from here,” resident Jacqueline Taylor stated.

“I have to be moving vehicles and is not like they gave us time to say you have vehicles, so take them out. I just came out and saw the hole in front of us. I called them this morning and they said I should give them until later. I can't give them until later to do this, I need to come out of my house — I have a business running. Luckily one of the small cars was out here this morning, but two other vehicles have to come out here. They can't have this from Tuesday and you have kids moving up and down. We have power cuts ... up to last night a lady almost fall in it because she thought it was fixed,” Taylor complained.

Taylor also pointed out that the thoroughfare was caving in.

Another resident, Lorna Duff, who has been living in the community for 26 years, said three months ago the problem reoccurred.

“I was getting the effect; I reported it. They came and then they took one month to come back. They said they were going to dig down there and see if the problem was there but is up here, and from them come and dig it a so it stay,” Duff stated.

Duff said she was promised by workers at the NWC that they would have rectified the problem early Friday morning.

“The walkway is caving in so little more I don't have anywhere to walk come out of my house. Is just a little space right there to walk. Every minute the dirt tear down,” Duff said.

Another resident, who did not want to be identified, said: “If them a work them need to work more efficient than this. The lady have her business doing over here so where she have to come in and come out. They block off the way and no say nothing to here and just left it and gone same way so, and no come back and say nothing. It is hazardous to other people. Persons who nuh know the area can be coming through at night. Even though the red tape is there you know some people might just a pass through and you never can tell, they might just end up in it.”

The resident, while explaining that the people of the community were suffering, said that they too are plagued by the dust, sewage and other things.

There was no response from the NWC when the Sunday Observer contacted the agency on Friday.

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