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Maverley, Olympic Gardens hard hit

Published:Friday | October 26, 2012 | 12:00 AM
A resident of Maverley, St Andrew, fixes her roof which was blown off by Hurricane Sandy on Wednesday - .photos by Norman Grindley/Chief Photographer

Arthur Hall, Senior News Editor

IT SEEMS Hurricane Sandy delivered her special potion of wrath on sections of Maverley and the neighbouring communities of Drewsland and Olympic Gardens in St Andrew.

Yesterday, residents of these communities joined thousands of others across the island in picking up the pieces in the aftermath of Sandy, but it appeared they had more to pick up than many others.

When our news team reached Maverley early yesterday morning, dozens of fallen trees were seen everywhere, particularly around Denver Crescent and adjoining roads.

Massive ackee, breadfruit and mango trees were broken like twigs, some uprooted by a hurricane which was deceptive as it moved across the island on Wednesday.

While some communities had little more than average rainfall and wind speed, the people of Maverley saw zinc flying like aircraft, light poles dancing and motor vehicles rocking as the wind howled.

Yesterday, several houses were seen without roofs while one man pointed to the roof of his house where a large mango tree had crashed through.

"See it here, Sandy lift up every zinc and is in the rain me had to come and put (concrete) blocks on them, but that don't stop me whole house from wet up," said one woman who gave her name as Iota.

"Me chicken coop roof gone and is that provide the money to run the house. How we a guh manage and how me a guh get the zinc to fix this back?" added Iota.

Nearby, two young men were seen cutting off the limbs of a tree that had fallen on to the roof of their house, while the buzz of power saws was constant throughout the community.

downed poles

Metres away, two Jamaica Public Service (JPS) poles, which were broken in pieces, laid across Mandela Highway in the vicinity of the Six Miles bridge, forcing motorists to divert.

In Drewsland, one house, without its roof, drew the attention of passers-by while other house owners pointed to the missing zinc from their roofs.

On Olympic Way, two JPS poles laying across the road creating a major traffic block. That was compounded by the dozens of fallen trees across the roadway and in almost every yard.

"Sandy did wicked to we," said one resident, as he pointed to his house where an ackee tree had fallen on his roof.

For hours, the old and young, men and women, able-bodied and the disabled were seen hauling fallen branches as they tried to restore a sense of normality in the aftermath of Sandy.