(SNO) — As the hurricane season intensifies, a concerned resident of Pierrot, Vieux Fort said a coconut tree is endangering the lives of persons in her neighbourhood and residents have done all they can, and are now calling on the authorities AGAIN to assist with the situation.
The resident, who lives with her child, told St. Lucia News Online on Tuesday that the coconut tree hangs in the area of three homes including her own.
She said one home houses about eight persons and the other about four.
In the event a storm hits the island and the coconut tree falls, she believes lives will be lost.
“If and when the coconut tree falls nobody knows what direction it’s gonna fall,” she said. “I believe something is gonna happen someday, one of these good days. That coconut tree is very, very dangerous where it is.”
The woman alleges that for many years she and others have been calling on the land owner to cut the tree down, but to no avail. She further alleges that the police and emergency authorities have been made aware of the situation.
She said coming to the media is a “last resort” because the land owner allegedly refuses to cut the tree down.
“We complained to NEMO already. They came, nothing has been done. The police has intervened and nothing,” she said.
The mother noted that she has to leave her house every time there’s “bad weather”.
“I am scared for my life and my son’s. Imagine you have high blood pressure every time there’s a bad weather? It’s always up because I am always scared,” she said.
She added that the authorities need to intervene again urgently and that anyone who can assist is asked to call her at 713-4433.
“I really need someone to hear my cry. My house is in danger and people’s lives,” she said.
The Leeward and Windward Islands have been placed under severe weather alert and ‘watches’, as a result of storms Isaac and Helene.
Saint Lucia is expected to begin experiencing heavy rainfall and windy conditions between Wednesday and Thursday, according to weather reports.