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Falling tree partially destroys houses

By Seeta Persad Monday, June 19 2017

TWO houses were partially destroyed and electricity, cable and telephone services were disrupted when a huge tree fell across the Indian Walk Main Road, Moruga taking down a transformer and four electricity poles yesterday morning.

The houses belong to Marva Cooper and her neighbour Anthony Sambury. Cooper’s car, a GMC Envoy, was also damaged when the milkwood tree fell on the garage.

“I hear a crashing sound in the early hours of the morning and my house shook throwing down vases and kitchen utensils,” she said, adding that she was in shock and called out to family members to see whether they were safe. When she investigated, she saw the tree, said to be more than 50 years old and stood on the left side of her house, had fallen blocking the road.

She estimates the cost of the damage to be close to $100,000.

Sambury said the roof of his house was destroyed as well as the front room and the side walls.

He estimates the damage to be close to $60,000. He lives with his wife Rhonda Patterson-Sambury and his father Irvin Sambury. His house, which was built 30 years ago, was recently renovated.

Leonas Roberts, the owner of the land where the tree stood, told Newsday she visited the Princes Town Fire Station and the Princes Town Regional Corporation several times but was told they did not have the equipment to have the tree cut. “It is only now they got the equipment when the tree fell across the road,” she said.

Fire officers, T&TEC, the Office of Disaster Preparedness and Management, TSTT and the corporation responded to the report of the falling tree. MP for Moruga Dr Lovell Francis, who was on the scene yesterday, said the Fire Service started work at 5.30 am to remove the tree in order to clear the road.

Thanking the workers of the two utility companies as well the officers of the Fire Service, the ODPM, the Ministry of Works and the corporation, Francis said there had been no support from the Police Service and promised to get a formal explanation as to why the police did not respond.



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