West Point Township Commissioner Sampson Nyan has disclosed that security has been reinforced in the township following a night of strong waves that have made the main road impassable and now closed to vehicles.
The economically deprived community will be out of electricity for at least a week after the erosion brought down one of the transmission poles and is threatening another.
Commissioner Nyan said his immediate reaction to the electricity situation was to request the Liberia Electricity Corporation (LEC) to disconnect the township, which he said has been done. “Technically I don’t know how long it will take till electricity is restored to West Point. It may be days, but starting (today), LEC will use their crane to remove the downed poles and thereafter determine what to do next.”
“I have held talks with the police in the township and we have decided to beef-up security, especially starting (last night), to protect our people from criminals who might want to take advantage of our disaster.”
Starting this morning, Commissioner Nyan said police will be deployed to ensure that the use of the old road to the township by motorists is not hindered by marketers who prefer the main road to the empty available stalls in the marketplace to sell their food stuff.
The government does not have an immediate remedial action to the current situation apart from the efforts that are being exerted to construct a resettlement camp for those who will need relocation, at the VOA community in Brewerville, outside Monrovia, according to Commissioner Nyan.
One of the oldest residents of West Point, Oldman Momo Nyei, told the Daily Observer that since 1972 the sea has always stopped at its present limit. “Before that, more than half of West Point was always submerged in water whenever there was erosion.”
Other old residents also recalled that in 1996 the sea destroyed dozens of homes and again stopped at the current limit.
Meanwhile, by yesterday evening, the sea started to recede leaving a few yards of space for those who may dare to swim away the afternoon after the troublesome night.