LAST week the Morne Coco Road in Petit Valley had two lanes.
Then the rains came.
"This road had two lanes, and then the heavy rains came on Saturday and now the road gone, look at the size of that hole," Simon Daniel told the Express in a visit to Petit Valley yesterday.
Following Saturday's heavy rainfall, which caused death and destruction in Diego Martin and environs, a section of the Morne Coco Road approximately 25 metres in length was washed away.
That section of the Morne Coco Road has now been transformed into a single lane.
On the side of the road facing the river, boulders have been dumped to prevent further erosion of the major roadway.
New Jersey barriers have been placed on the roadway to protect motorists from the deadly drop.
Daniel yesterday said this is not enough.
"The next time a good rain comes, this entire road going to collapse. Officials came on Saturday when the floods happened and we have not seen anyone since, I feel like they have forgotten us," Daniel said.
A stone's throw away from the washed-away portion of the roadway, a bridge was also taken away by the raging flood waters, Daniel said.
Daniel yesterday called on officials to address the situation in Petit Valley before it is too late.
"Prevention is better than cure. This roadway is a disaster waiting to happen, this needs to be addressed before lives are lost," Daniel said.
The Express yesterday visited Ravine Road in Petit Valley where residents were hard hit by Saturday's heavy rain.
Victoria Goodridge said the weekend was "bittersweet".
On Friday night Goodridge's family were celebrating the success of her cousin, Shenyce John, 17, in the Caribbean Advanced Proficiency Examination (CAPE).
John, a student of Bishop Anstey High School, attained seven distinctions and a grade two in CAPE.
The celebrations ended around 2 a.m. on Saturday. Less than two hours after the celebrations ended a neighbour was heard screaming for everyone to wake up.
Heavy rainfall caused flooding in the area. Goodridge said while her family was not affected too badly by the floods, she "cried for her neighbours". One of Goodridge's neighbours who was adversely affected was 59-year-old Maria Maraj.
Maraj said she was awakened by the sound of a landslide and the screaming of her granddaughter Espiranza.
Espiranza is expected to celebrate her eighth birthday this month.
Maraj said the entire family was "very traumatised" by the situation.
"This is not any easy process, I went to take a five (minute rest) and I cannot sleep, I just keep imagining the whole scenario all over, I cannot eat properly, anytime rain falls I am worried, when the sky is overcast I sit down here waiting (for something to happen) like I am a police officer," Maraj said.
Maraj suffers from hypertension and has not been able to find her "pressure tablets" since the devastation.
She was given a tetanus shot for an injury she received.
But despite all that has happened, Maraj is thankful and is calling on all other victims to count their blessings.
"Whatever is given (by the State) to me I will live with it, those who are complaining are politicising the situation, the officials did respond and have been giving us help," Maraj said.
"It was not a nice moment but we will pick up the pieces and survive, this did not happen just so it was caused by the indiscriminate cutting of the trees and people dumping their rubbish all over the place," she said.