Family home collapses

Maxine Seales is now contemplating her next move after her Station Hill, St Michael home was knocked off its foundation and collapsed earlier this afternoon.

Sitting outside the damaged house, where she has lived for the last 19 years, Seales told Barbados TODAY she was not sure where she would rest tonight, or what she would do in the coming days.

Maxine Seales with daughter Shanna, are now without a place to call home.
Maxine Seales with daughter Shanna, are now without a place to call home.

“I’m not sure where we are going to sleep tonight. We have to wait and see what would happen,” she said.

However, Seales, an employee at Brydens and Stokes, said the parliamentary representative for the area, Steve Blackett, along with a representative from the Welfare Department, visited her and offered assistance.

“He told me they were going to see if they could work on something, and between today and tomorrow he would contact me. One or two things damaged, but we would have to wait and see what is really damaged,” she said.

Her boyfriend Shawn Tudor, who, along with his nine-year-old son Shawn Jr, lives with her, was at home at the time of the incident, and recounted the experience.

Shawn Tudor by the house where him and his family once to called home.

“I went outside in the yard, came back in, [and] was sitting at the side door in a chair. My lil man was on the bed playing with my phone; then the next minute I hear clix, clix, feel a little vibration, next minute I heard a loud rumbling. I ran and came to the side door, got him and hit my chest on the step while running out,” he said, while pointing out the collapsed part of the stairway.

Tudor blamed the collapse on the tremors that shook the island recently. Tudor said his main concern was for his girlfriend and his son.

“I’m not studying about me. I’m studying them. I could sleep in here, I will be good, but I’m worried about them,” he said.

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