Friday 15 November, 2019

Reddish fluid, stench in drains: Port of Spain resident calls for help

A terrified Port of Spain resident is calling for help after showing a foul-smelling reddish fluid in the drain outside her house.

The woman, who chose not to be identified out of fear for her safety, said that other residents who made complaints about the foul-smelling material were threatened, and one person even moved away from the area.

 

“This has been happening for about a year and half. The first person who made a report, they actually beat them up, and the second person who complained eventually moved out. Everyone who has spoken out about this has been intimidated and the residents are now afraid,” she said.

The issue began when residents on the street saw reddish fluids flowing down their drains. The smell was likened to that of ‘rotting meat’ mixed with formaldehyde.

The resident said the waste material was coming from a nearby business place which carries out funeral services.

“The first few times I saw it, I recorded it. It starts with the smell and then like a pinkish, red kind of water coming down. It smells like blood and formaldehyde, it smells like rotten meat.”

She said she shared a video of the incidents to social media, and the smell was so bad she had to take her baby, who is asthmatic, inside.

She said residents are now so accustomed to the foul occurrence they wake up early on mornings to scrub down their yards.

No help from officials?

She said they have made complaints to the Health Department however the establishment must have been alerted to the impending visit as the streets were cleaned before the visit, and nothing came of it.

“By the time they arrived they had already cleaned it. It’s difficult to bring awareness to this because we were told there’s nothing they can do.

“This is my home, it’s disrespectful, it’s hurtful, we don’t even have the privacy of saying it’s our home,” she said.

She added that the establishment is adding parking facilities and taking up additional space in the area.

Everybody is fearful, it’s not just me, if we weren’t we would have had something done a long time ago,” she said.

She said since she has posted the videos to social media she has not seen the material as often, but during busy periods the material might flow as often as three or four times in a week.

Loop News has reached out to Port of Spain mayor Joel Martinez, who said he intends to investigate the matter.

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