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Walker escaped death yesterday
morning when his father, Trevon-
lee, grabbed him mere seconds
before the family s kitchen in their
San Fernando home came crash-
Walker, 29, in an interview yes-
terday, said he was grateful that
he was able to pull Trey to safety
because, "five more seconds and
my son would have been dead."
He is appealing for assistance
since he fears the rest of his house
at 85 Priam Street, Diamond Vil-
lage, would come crashing down
soon and the family of six would
have nowhere to live.
Walker said: "I deem it to be a
disaster. The rest of the house
pulling. My neighbours tell me not
to go back into the house, the
whole foundation not good. We
have nowhere to stay. Nowhere to
go. I do not know what assistance
I could get, we really need it right
He said around 9.30 am he was
at home with his son when Trey
went into the kitchen to put his
bottle in the sink.
Walker said when the child
entered the kitchen, he heard a
loud cracking sound and he also
walked towards the kitchen.
"The cracking sound started to
get faster and faster. I look at the
ceiling, but the flooring was giving
way and pulling the ceiling. I just
grab my son and dive out of the
kitchen. As soon as I come out the
kitchen with my son I just see the
whole kitchen come down in a
stove---everything just gone. The
toilet---everything just gone," Walk-
er said, shaking his head as he
looked helplessly at the remains
of his kitchen.
Walker lives with his mother
Verna, 62, who is a heart patient,
Trey and his other son Maurice,
four, as well as his common-law
wife Mauricha, 26, and nephew
He said the heavy rains over the
past couple of days contributed to
the collapse of the kitchen.
Yesterday a gaping hole was vis-
ible where Walker s kitchen once
The concrete pillars of the house
were exposed and large cracks were
visible in the remaining wall of the
kitchen, from which teacups hung
precariously. The bathroom, which
stood next to the kitchen, also col-
Appliances, utensils and food-
stuff lay overturned in the family s
backyard surrounded by chunks
of the fallen concrete.
Yesterday, Verna could not hold
back her tears of anguish as she
asked for help for her family.
She said: "Right now I am in a
mess. I do not know where to turn
right now. I would like to see if I
could get come help with a house
"You could hear the cracking
going on inside like the other part
going to collapse.
Walker said he does not have
$150,000 to purchase the land, but
if they got an HDC home or an
apartment they would pay their
Anyone interested in assisting
the Walker family can contact 361-
The administration of
the Port-of-Spain City
Corporation was severely
criticised yesterday for
incompetence and in some
instances failure to carry
made by council.
Making the statements
was Port-of-Spain mayor
Louis Lee Sing at the cor-
poration s monthly statutory
meeting at City Hall.
"The administration of
the Port-of-Spain Corpo-
ration is not up to speed in
terms of its delivery...The
models we are working with
in this organisation is the
problem," he said.
He added if the council
had the power to discipline
the CEO and the adminis-
tration, things would be
"But the situation is, the
administration answers to a
permanent secretary in Kent
House," he said.
The CEO, Winifred
David, is on vacation.
Lee Sing said for the past
three years, councillor for St
James West Robin Bynoe
had been requesting the
removal of three "shacks"
in the mangrove off the
Audrey Jeffers Highway.
"This council has done
nothing about it, and when
I say the council, I mean all
the employees who sit in
leadership positions in this
corporation," he said.
"The reason why that
continues is because they
know I can t send them a
dismissal notice, I can t send
them a suspension notice,
I can t send them a notice
for deducting money from
their salary...that s the real-
ity."Another problem, Lee
Sing said, was the lack of
resources to "drive the city
The award of contracts
was another issue which was
brought to the fore at yes-
terday s meeting.
Bynoe and councillor for
Port-of-Spain South Keisha
Armstrong both complained
about residents not being
employed by contractors,
who they said would instead
bring in their own workers.
On one occasion, Arm-
strong said, she was "threat-
ened by a gangster" who
warned her not to "bring in
Duncan Street residents to
do work on Duncan Street."
by City Corp admin,
says PoS mayor
Dad saves toddler from death
As kitchen comes tumbling down...
Deyonte Walker with his two-year-old son Trey comforts his mother,
Verna Walker, after viewing her collapsed home in Priam Street,
Diamond Village, San Fernando, yesterday. PHOTO:RISHI RAGOONATH
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