Wall falls on pickup van and house, injuring homeowner: “I cannot understand how I escaped”

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(SNO) – A home owner of Inglewood Acres, Grand Riviere, Gros Islet is lucky to be alive today after a wall collapsed during the weekend’s heavy rains, damaging his house and his tenant’s pickup van, extensively.

John d’Auvergne escaped with only minor bruises to his feet, but he is counting his blessings because the debris smashed through his bedroom wall and on to his bed, while he slept. All this occurred at the bottom apartment. The living room, along with furnishings, were also damaged.

“I cannot understand how I escaped. God is great,” he told St. Lucia News Online.

At the time of the incident, that occurred a few minutes after midnight, d’Auvergne said a guest was in another room which was not damaged.

He disclosed that part of the wall had fallen on June 7, 2016, one day after the general elections.

“After several letters, photos, trips to Ministry of Infrastructure, promises were made and little happened except visitations to the area . Now, all the damage is done,” he said.

D’Auvergne said complaints about the wall had been made, since 1999, to the Housing and Urban Development Corporation (HUDC) and Ministry of Communications and Works but it’s “always the same story: we shall look into it”. He said the wall was built by the HUDC followed by the Ministry of Infrastructure.

He said damages are already over $120,000, the owner said, pointing out that the $100,000 pickup van, which belongs to his tenant, was “crushed to the ground”.

And his next plan of action?

“Over to the parliamentary representative (Lenard Montoute) and the Ministry of Infrastructure! I am trying to call the media, my lawyers and to contact my parliamentary rep. I had written numerous letters about the condition of the wall,” he said.

A similar incident occurred in Millet on Saturday, Nov. 10, around 7 p.m. when a landslide caused a shop to collapse, injuring at least four people.

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9 comments

  1. Infrastructure has gotten three different complaints regarding a ravine whose walls have been washed away and is currently dumping massive amounts of water and soil onto commercial and private property. Hopefully something like this happens soon so we can file a claim for hundreds of thousands in damage too.

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  2. Where did he build that house in a cave? That's some heavy damage oh boy.

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  3. So You escape injury God is great, had you been crushed, he wud not be great? smh,

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    • If you can't say something good or can't empathize, do everyone a favour and say nothing at all. Why would someone deduct only this from an entire story? Well... unless it is personal. Never know when some s**t can come knocking at your do. Be nice now.

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  4. I want to buy that pick up

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  5. What you can do is sue the government. Try this and set the pace for us Saint Lucians

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    • Some people want to build in all kinds of casscous and expect tax payers money to help them

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      • christianconcerned

        It is a UDC development by government. Why don't you say that government should have been better informed in building. Anyway, God bless you. It happens to all of us. Learn to empathize instead of being so cruel

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    • Amen. Heads should roll.

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