Family escapes death as house falls apart

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(CNC3 Trinidad and Tobago) While res­i­dents in South Trinidad breathed a sigh of re­lief as the rains held up ear­li­er to­day to al­low for clean-up op­er­a­tions, it was a dif­fer­ent sto­ry for a Moru­ga fam­i­ly whose home col­lapsed last night.

Earl Tees­dale, 65, his wife Bev­er­ley, son and grand­son had to crawl out of their home in St Mary’s Vil­lage.

Tees­dale told Guardian Me­dia that flood wa­ters sat­u­rat­ed the wood­en pil­lars that sup­port­ed his house af­ter two days of per­sis­tent rain­fall. Around 7.30 pm, the pil­lars broke, send­ing his fam­i­ly tum­bling around and the house crash­ing to the ground.

Luck­i­ly, no one was in­jured but his fam­i­ly now needs a place to stay. He said the three-bed­room house is now be­yond re­pair and needs to be re­built.

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