Heavy downpours last week Tuesday dumped some 4.7 inches of rain on the sister isles and also brought added fears to the residents of Petite Martinique as an area of long concern has begun shelling away, bringing down large trees with destruction in their wake.
For years residents particularly of Madam Pierre and the village communities along with motorists, have been calling on the authorities to devise methods to better secure the steep slide, which currently exist some twenty meters east of the island’s lone power station. The steep area, which overlooks the main and frequently used road, by both motorist and pedestrians is always seen as a threat to lives because of its near proximity to the road.
However last week Tuesday’s heavy rains brought down trees, boulders and other aggregates, which blocked the road while inflating fear in the hearts of the residents. What is even more disconcerting is the fact that the roots of several of the remaining over hanging tress are already exposed. With several children constantly crossing the area to and from school and other errands parents have raised the red flag, calling for work to immediately commence to secure the area.
“Even in normal time I fraid for my children to cross the area because the rocks are always falling ”, said a parent whose children cross on every weekday to and from school. “Imagine this rain, the amount of trees whose roots are now detached from the earth”.
Another gentleman described the situation as one of grave concern. With a heavy tone of concern in his voice he said, “ thank God there was no one or a transport crossing at the time these trees came falling down”.
While admitting that it would take a sizeable amount of finances to remedy the situation, some residents are suggesting that government can impress upon an organization like the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) to have them finance the solving of the problem, which has the ingredients to get worse with the next rainfall.
“The area is also exposed to the wind and all the elements on that eastern side of the island which adds to its danger and concern of all”, said another gentleman from Madam Pierre who is in the tuna trade.