Clive Williams, the owner of the house on a hillside in Bena Ravine, Canefield (East) that was ravished by a six-foot high stone last Wednesday morning, says that he has not heard a word from government about assistance on clearing the debris, removing the large rock from his kitchen and rebuilding his walls.
Williams told Dominica News Online that he and his girlfriend had visited the housing ministry about two days after the incident and had received assurance that “somebody would come”. He said she also had talks with a government official as recent as yesterday.
“I don’t know people in government like that so I wouldn’t know who to talk to,” he said.
Williams said however that he had received a visit sometime ago from recently re-elected Chairman of the Canefield Urban Council, Simeon Albert, who had promised assistance. To date this assistance, like the promise of the ministry, has not arrived.
Attempts to reach chairman of the Canefield Urban Council, Simeon Albert, for a comment on the matter proved futile. Attempts will however continue in this regard.
There has been no aid from private individuals or corporations either.
The homeowner said he has done his best to “clean up” but as long as the stone remains inside the house no reconstruction efforts can commence.
“I did what I could,” Williams said.
Attempting to break the rock on his own, Williams said the stone is so massive that his tool merely flaked it. He said he would need nothing shy of a jackhammer to make any kind of impact. And this is a tool he does not own or have access to.
So far Williams, who also owns a second house nearby, said he has gotten sand but is yet to secure blocks, cement and the other materials needed to rebuild. He said a significant portion of the walls that remain would have to be chipped and shaped before he can begin anything.
Meanwhile, at least five people are alive today because of a lucky placement of a tree that not only slowed down the force of the rock that tore through vegetation and tumbled to the bottom of the hill, but also changed its course.
At the time of the impact it was not Williams, but his Rastafarian friend Edward Thompson who was in the house. The incident happened sometime between 2:30 and 3 a.m.
When Dominica News Online visited the scene that morning, the stone, which was about six feet high, was resting in the middle of the kitchen. The scene resembled that of a bombed house: kitchen utensils and pieces of rock and wood were strewn about. The stone destroyed two stoves, a fridge, table, pots and pans and shredded a plastic drum.