No access to motor vehicles means no way to transport their goods.
“I would say I lost around 50 thousand dollars recently,” one farmer told Guardian Media near the site of a dilapidated Bridge along Joseph Lewis Trace in Talparo.
It may be a small residential community but a large farming population. From organic eggs to citrus to honey. The bridge was their sole means of accessing the community but now it has become literally two planks of wood and condemned to foot traffic only.
For years the bridge has been far from acceptable but they made it work. Now they can’t work.
” I afraid to even tote stuff on my back because of the excess weight, I don’t feel that bridge sturdy enough,” another farmer said.
Residents and farmers alike now have vehicles on either side of the bridge. The vehicles on the side of the main road are lucky, they can be driven out of the community at any time. Those with their vehicles still in their homes have to leave them parked. There’s nowhere to go.
However, this is not only about their livelihood but their lives.
” One time it had a fire and the fire station told us they can’t reach. “
They say the issue is being tossed between the Ministry of Works and Transport and the Couva Tabaquite Talparo Regional Corporation.
The residents and farmers said they were willing to provide the funds to repair the bridge but were blocked from doing so.
They now wait for help to come with nervous glances upwards to the grey clouds that threaten to bring with it the rain that washes away the little of the bridge that remains.
Reporter: Akash Samaroo