No relief

South District residents cry out for dust after recent road collapse

Residents of South District are crying out over the inconvenience the dust coming from ongoing road works is causing them.

Just over two weeks ago, a section of the road leading into the sub-urban St George community collapsed due to heavy rainfall.

However, today when a Barbados TODAY team visited the area for a progress report on the road repairs, residents complained that  the construction work being carried out by the Ministry of Transport and Works (MTW) was not only “messing up inside the house, but it is also causing a health problem”.

Resident Mark Crichlow reported that he had already contacted top officials at the ministry and voiced his concerns, while suggesting that MTW crews should wet the area before and after work daily.

South District resident Mark Crichlow
South District resident Mark Crichlow

As he took a team from this newspaper on a tour of the downstairs of his two-storey house where dust was mounting on  the floor, furniture and windows, Crichlow said he was especially concerned about the well being of members of his household, including his two-year old child who he said was currently at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital fighting a fever.

The chairs in Mark Crichlow’s house covered with dust.
The chairs in Mark Crichlow’s house covered with dust.
Dust from ongoing road works at South District, St George settled on the Mark Crichlow’s floor.
Dust from ongoing road works at South District, St George settled on the Mark Crichlow’s floor.

“We don’t mind them repairing the road but when they finish working on afternoon it would really take some wetting of the area to keep down the dust. The dust affecting me real bad so on evenings when I come home I got to wet it and before I go long [to work] on mornings I try to wet it.

“I got a young baby in here and I have to try to keep down the dust. Look at the baby clothes on the line there that I got to go and wash over,” he said.

Meanwhile, another vocal resident, who did not give his name, added: “Them just coming and working. Nobody ain’t wetting the road but safety comes first, even for the workers and not only the residents.

“Right now work slow down because it is Christmas but when it pick back up after Christmas they have to wet the road because inhaling all of this dust ain’t good for the residents health,” the concerned man said.

Other residents voiced concern that the road works would not be completed in time for Christmas.

6 Responses to No relief

  1. Wayne P Hoyte
    Wayne P Hoyte December 16, 2014 at 11:15 pm

    smfh well well

  2. Olivia Doobay
    Olivia Doobay December 16, 2014 at 11:18 pm

    hmmm so how’s the road to be fixed without dust…smh

  3. David Gibson
    David Gibson December 16, 2014 at 11:27 pm


  4. Richard Blair
    Richard Blair December 17, 2014 at 1:10 am

    shuddah left um wunnah serious tho stupse

  5. Cheryl Maynard December 17, 2014 at 7:56 pm

    You know what “damn if you do and damn if you don’t”. South District residents keep your doors and windows close. What about taking turns wetting the road yourselves, what about washing the clothes late at night and hanging them out inside your house to dry, what about washing on the weekend or when the road crew is gone for the day. I know that the dust is a problem but come on already stop complaining and help yourself and the community and don’t worry about whether or not it is going to get done before/by Christmas, hope that it is done properly and it will last longer than this government has remaining in office .Thank God that they started the repairs and they are doing the work.

  6. Pat December 18, 2014 at 1:45 am

    proper procedure is to keep the area wet to prevent excessive dust problems.


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