WITH mud and slush threatening to take her La Puerta home, 29-year-old Cindy George is now unsure where she will place her head after she leaves the Central Community Centre, Diamond Vale, Diego Martin.
George is one of 12 people, including one family, who are seeking refuge at the community centre because their homes were destroyed after heavy rains caused landslides and flooding in the Diego Martin and Maraval areas.
George, an aspiring geriatric nurse and mother of a four-year-old son, said she heard through the grapevine that some residents whose homes were destroyed would be relocated to Oropune Gardens.
"Right about now I am renting and I have not heard from my landlord and I don't know what is my position. I don't know where to go when we leave here. I can't go back home," George said.
George said she has been staying at the shelter since Sunday morning. She added that the accommodation at present "seems very comfortable". She boasted that at the shelter "you can rest something down and come back and meet it".
George said a landslip destroyed her neighbour's home and the rubble and slush are now firmly parked at the back of her home. The slightest topple could make her officially homeless.
Speaking on the conditions at the shelter, manager Capt Collin Sampson, of the Trinidad and Tobago Cadet Force, said the shelter, based on the square footage, can hold up to 20 people. He added that the shelter had been opened since Saturday afternoon, with those seeking refuge coming from Sunday.
"All the residents are comfortable as they can be, given the mental torment they have been through," Sampson said.
He added that the residents are given three square meals daily through the assistance of the Diego Martin Regional Corporation and the Office of Disaster Preparedness and Management. He said the doors to the shelter are open from 5 a.m. to 11 p.m., with most of the residents from the Richplain and La Puerta areas who have been the worst affected in the Diego Martin area.