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A woman, whose home was dam-
aged after a San Fernando City Cor-
poration dump truck pulled down an
electricity pole on it, has been given
$32,000 in compensation.
But now she is being told that she
has to re-wire the house before being
reconnected by the T&T Electricity
Commission and the Corporation has
deemed her home unsafe.
Help only came for Ingrid Nicholas
last Friday after the media began to
investigate her case. She had hired an
attorney who had written a pre-action
protocol letter threatening legal action
but got no response.
Nicholas said, on September 18, a
dump truck pulled down a wooden
utility pole on her Pleasantville home,
leaving her home without electricity
and with a gaping hole in her front
Nicholas said all she wanted was
the damage repaired, so her grand-
children could study in peace.
The woman was called into the office
of Mayor Kazim Hosein and given a
cheque for $32,000 last Friday after
news teams from CNC3 and the T&T
Guardian visited the home.
In an interview with Hosein around
3.30 pm on Friday, he said the cheque
was not written after the media inter-
vened, but admitted Nicholas was not
informed about any cheque being made
out to her.
"I decided that I will take money
out of Mayor s project fund, pay it to
the family, and when they get it back,
they will pay us back," Hosein said.
"That decision was taken last week,
but in all fairness to her, Ingrid did not
know about it."
Hosein denied that media reports
had prompted action, saying the
process takes time.
"I can t just write a cheque, there
is a process to go through. Our office
would have called her after lunch today
(Friday) to come and collect the cheque
and her councillor brought her to City
Hall for it."
Nicholas confirmed that she did
collect a cheque, stating the value as
$32,000 but said she did not know
how far the money would get her.
"We have to pay to rewire and fix
back the broken-down partition, hope-
fully we can stretch this money to
complete it," she said.
When the T&T Guardian visited the
family s home earlier in the day, Ingrid
and her daughter-in-law, Faith told of
the struggles of living without elec-
"My eldest son, Zion, is in Form
Five and he can t get to study properly
without electricity," said Faith. "All the
children are suffering, they can t sleep
without the fans and we are fed up of
waiting on them to do something."
Faith said city officials visited the
family home but instead of remedying
the situation, things have gotten worse.
"The building inspector came to the
house and said the building is unsafe
for us to live in. We were looking to
get this over with, now it seems we
might have to rebuild the entire thing."
She said her husband is the sole
breadwinner of the household and
the family does not have the resources
to rebuild right now.
"He works as a taxi driver but for
the past weeks he has been leaving
his work to run up and down trying
to find a resolution to this problem."
The hole in their front wall was
covered with a blue tarpaulin and the
living room furniture was put on the
front porch and covered with another
tarpaulin to protect it from recent
"We are exposed to the elements
and we can t feel safe with a hole in
$32,000 in compensation but struggle continues
Faith Nicholas at her family's home in Pleasantville on Friday, surveys the damage caused after a dump truck
pulled down a T&TEC light pole which crashed into her home on September 18. PHOTO: RISHI RAGOONATH
More woes for Sando
family after Corporation
truck damages home
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