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Cars, shop swept away in Carenage

clean-up: Residents clear away slush left behind from yesterday's flooding at L'anse Mitan Road, Carenage.

FLOOD WATERS swept over $100,000 in property down the drain in Carenage during yesterday's heavy rains and winds brought on by Tropical Storm Felix.

Crowds of L'anse Mitan Road residents came out to assist each other in what was described as the worst recorded flooding, according to a Diego Martin Regional Corporation official.

One resident, Nicholas "Redman" Ferdinand, suffered over $20,000 in losses, when his business place was swept away by raging waters.

"I was moving some stuff from off the road and next thing I hear was a rumble and I watching my shop float down the river," Ferdinand stated.

A retaining wall is being constructed near to a local river and angry residents said this was the cause of the flooding, and called on MP Keith Rowley to arrange compensation during his visit to the area.

Rowley, however, said illegal constructions over the river were at least partly to blame for the flooding.

"They will not stand!" he insisted.

Ministry of Works and Transport employees were called in to remove three cars that were swept into the river.

One car owner, Garvin Rivers, who had recently bought a black Almera, said the loss amounted to more $100,000.

Andrew "Pap" Francois, another car owner, said all he could have done was watch his two cars float away. The collapse of a bridge also left residents unable to go to and from their homes.

A total of $250,000 was the estimated damage cost, according to Councillor Nelson Sinnette.

The Chaguaramas Fire Station assisted in the removal of debris.

 Comments: Cars, shop swept away in Carenage
Fioods swept residents Posted: 2007-09-02 08:30:00 AM
I hope a lot of these people had home owners insurance, because it will help, but if you were on a piece of land illegally, then I do not know who will honestly be responsible for that, because you will have a hard time from the government for compensation. You might just have to take your lost, and build somewhere else legally.

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