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Oct 4, 2011

Water on Dunn Street and in homes

When the rains come there are complaints from all over Belize City about flooded streets. But today News Five was called by a Dunn Street resident who has to contend with flooding inside his house. He chose not to appear on camera to protect his job, but told us that the problem affecting his family and neighbors has worsened since the adjacent yard was filled, causing the water to run into their yards and homes. After the downpour over the weekend, the frustrated resident says they have been seeking help for years, but to no avail.

Voice of: Dunn Street Resident

“When it rains, especially eena my yard, we have like wah inch ah wata go eena my house. If yoh notice ih come from front door, ih come through the back door and everything underneath my bed, everything eena my house wet up right, right now. Every time ih rain—ih rain like fifteen minutes, I get wata eena my house and this rain weh come di other day, everything messed up. If yoh si, mi mattress deh outside and all. Everything get messed up; clothes, everything get messed up eena mi house. I already ask fi help and I noh get no help. So I really want somebody please come and even if dehn just give mi di material fi just raise di floor fi mek I could live comfortable mein so dat dah weh I di ask fa.”

Delahnie Bain

“So how long has this been a problem for you?”

Voice of: Dunn Street Resident

“Oh mein, wata neva did come through the front, ih mi only come from through di back. But yoh got dah young man weh come full fi he yard dah back, Mister Finnegan weh full fi he thing dah ih ma place and from since we di got dis problem yah.”

Delahnie Bain

“And this is also a problem for the neighbors as well?”

Voice of: Dunn Street Resident

“All ah we. We help one another. Saturday when dah rain, mi neighbor come, she help me tek out some things. When I done, I goh help she tek out some things and we work together. If you notice, all ah we have to dig trench eena wi yard mek di wata run out because di whole neighborhood eena wata. Everybody house get wata eena dis area and we ask fi help long time. Nobody noh want give we wah lee hand. I tired ah live like dis wid my family, I got baby, I ketch cold. Di other day I gone dah hospital, I ketch cold because as I get up dah eena wata I deh. I di wear rubber boots eena mi house.”

Anyone willing to assist the Dunn Street resident may call 623-9584.

Viewers please note: This Internet newscast is a verbatim transcript of our evening television newscast. Where speakers use Kriol, we attempt to faithfully reproduce the quotes using a standard spelling system.

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