Homes in the Funday section of New Kru Town were inundated by water from the Atlantic Ocean last weekend, forcing residents to seek shelter with neighbors.
Great swelling waves from the Atlantic Ocean pounded the community repeatedly, residents said, flooding homes in the community of mostly unemployed people who are unable to move and relocate from the area.
“It began Saturday night and though we did not think it would have gotten worse, it did,” said a female resident who spoke to the Daily Observer.
She added: “The water was ankle deep and it entered into our homes, into our bedrooms and everything we have is affected.”
Some residents said they were packing and leaving the community since the situation occurs every year; and although the heavy rains have not yet come, they know it would be worse during the rainy season.
“We don’t really have a particular plan that we are working with right now,” a resident said, “but we have got to do something otherwise we know the worst is yet to come.”
Another woman who said she stood up throughout the night, noted, “Someone must come and help us because we are poor people and we are not able to go and live somewhere else.”
She said the Borough Government of New Kru Town has not been able to provide leadership whenever they are affected by calamities such as floods and fire, and did not think it is able to provide any help.
“We want the government to help us because us we are also citizens but we are not sure since the government never helped in the past that may not do it now,” she said.
An official of the Borough of New Kru Town told the Daily Observer that the administration does not have the kind of empowerment to provide assistance in fire and water disasters.
“It’s unfortunate but due to the country we find ourselves in,” said the man, who did not want to be identified, because he was not authorized to speak on behalf of the Borough, “they have a choice to remain and suffer more during the raining season or move to other neighborhood if they are able.”
Among the homes that were affected was the Faith in Christ Church School System that caters to hundreds of children in the community and beyond.
Constant erosion has been blamed on climatic changes that are responsible for the loss of large land mass in New Kru Town.