Sunday 19 August, 2018

Uncovered drain poses serious threat in Duhaney Park

The uncovered drain along Lamming Avenue in Duhaney Park.

The uncovered drain along Lamming Avenue in Duhaney Park.

Residents of Lamming Avenue in Duhaney Park, St Andrew are at their wits’ end over an uncovered drain in the area.

They are calling on the relevant authorities to immediately address the problem which they say has been an issue for months now despite their continuous pleas.

According to one female resident, the drain was left uncovered by government workers who repaired a collapsed section of the road in the area earlier this year.

“They dug up all of the road and had to replace the drain, but part of the drain has not been replaced and it has been months now,” the woman told Loop News.

“Every other day someone drops down into the hole; we have tried to improvise but there is no redress in terms of them coming back to fix the hole.”

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The woman said residents fear that it will soon cause serious harm to someone, noting that students, unsuspecting passersby and the elderly are especially vulnerable.

“We need the drain to be covered because it’s very dangerous; up to yesterday someone fell into it and the board we had used to cover it is also down in the hole,” the concerned resident said.

In the meantime, the resident is also calling on the authorities to fix a section of the road along Lamming Avenue which she said is in a deplorable condition. She said the condition of the road was made worse by heavy equipment used by the authorities while earlier addressing the collapsed section of the corridor.

“The other half of Lamming Avenue is in a deplorable condition… At the top of the road that their heavy equipment damaged, it’s now worse than ever,” she said.

When contacted by Loop News, National Works Agency communication manager Stephen Shaw explained that the roadway in question was the responsibility of the parish council.

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