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Corn Piece calamity

Published:Tuesday | October 27, 2020 | 12:22 AMOlivia Brown and Cecelia Campbell-Livingston/Gleaner Writers
Hazel Johnson, of Corn Piece, Clarendon, slips as she opens the gate to her yard that was flooded after heavy rains scoured the parish on the weekend.
Hazel Johnson, of Corn Piece, Clarendon, slips as she opens the gate to her yard that was flooded after heavy rains scoured the parish on the weekend.

Frustrated. That’s captures the sense of despair for residents of Corn Piece who have been flood victims despite their road being repaired three years ago.

Enid Johnson and daughter Melva Thompson said they have been forced to bail knee-high water from their home since whipping rain assaulted Clarendon and other parishes last week.

“Look at my foot! Fungus take it up ‘cause I have to be walking in the water,” said Thompson.

Mounting their bed on concrete blocks, the family has been able to get a good night’s sleep amid their inundated home.

Thompson, who is pleading for intervention from Clarendon South East Member of Parliament Pearnel Charles Jr, said the situation is unbearable.

Their neighbour, Hazel Johnson, also waded through a near knee-high water to get inside her home on Monday.

Hazel, who has called the rented premises home since 2010, said her yard is transformed into a pond during heavy showers. Unlike her neighbours, she believes that elevated adjacent lands have contributed to the overflow that continually swamps her premises. Her home was flooded about six times last week.

“As rain start, me start fret. Yesterday (Sunday), the water cover me water boot,” she told The Gleaner.

“... It devastating, man, and a me get it the wickedest ‘round here.”

Hazel, who has mounted her bed and stove on blocks, laments that the stagnant, mosquito-filled water has become a nuisance.

“A water boot mi haffi bathe inna. When it come over, it go right in a mi kitchen.”

Johnson said that the effects of the flooding were so severe that she had to relocate her nine-year-old daughter amid health and safety concerns .

The residents assert that installation of proper drainage could resolve the problem.

“The entire community is under water whenever we have heavy rains,” said Enid Johnson.