The large tree fell on two houses yesterday.
According to eyewitnesses, around 1 a.m., a loud cracking sound was heard as the tree, located down a precipice off Picton Road, Laventille, fell and landed mainly on one small house, almost crushing the structure with its massive girth.
Samuel Callender, who lives in one of the houses with his wife and seven children, lamented that several times before they tried to get the authorities—including their councilor, Member of Parliament and the San Juan/Laventille Regional Corporation—to cut down the rotting tree, but none responded.
He claimed that his 62-year-old neighbor Agatha James lived at her house for the past 40 years with her husband Aldric and their daughter Deborah.
He said neighbors told him around 1 am the tree fell while James was asleep, and while his house took the brunt of the weight of the tree, it crashed through the roof of the couple’s bedroom, injuring James.
Half his home was destroyed in 2010, he said, but he rebuilt it with the aid of Self Help, through the Ministry of the People. Callender said he had made several attempts to get the tree cut down but each time he was told that there was no equipment to do so. He lamented that there would be equipment now to remove the tree. Estimating the loss he suffered to be $100,000, he said he would now have to move into his mother-in-law’s home until better could be done.