FLOODED OUT: Marcia Charles fills buckets in the flooded downstairs section of her home at Morne Coco Road, Diego Martin yesterday. —Photo: ANISTO ALVES

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WASA customer wants compensation for losses

Main fixed Thursday, ruptures Friday

By Camille Bethel camille.bethel@trinidadexpress.com

A Diego Martin resident whose house was flooded after a WASA main ruptured outside her home wants compensation.

Marcia Charles, who lives at 145, Morne Coco Road, Diego Martin, said when she awoke at 6 a.m. yesterday it was to a flooded house and damaged appliances.

"I was downstairs asleep and when I got up my foot went straight into a pool of water. Right now I have fever because I got up in water and I had to dip out about 20 buckets of water and my chest is hurting me right now.

"My fridge is giving trouble, my stove was destroyed...my bed, clothes, everything. I want compensation for the things that I have lost, because it is a WASA main," she said.

Charles said WASA workers came and fixed the main outside her home around midnight on Thursday, but by Friday morning it had ruptured again.

"They said they fixed the main but if you see water this morning like a river. The water going through the bricks like a river and my three rooms are flooded out. My fridge giving trouble right now...I fed up. My bed, wardrobe, everything wet."

She said because it was a WASA main the water just came gushing.

"Right now WASA fixing it again, but it happened Boxing Day and it happened again this morning," she said.

In response, WASA's head of communication Ellen Lewis said: "The leak was repaired this morning and the claim of damage to property will be investigated and appropriate action taken where necessary."

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