Grandmom worried huge boulders will crush her and family

News post November 16, 2015

 Melrose Robinson reflects on the day in December last year when the huge boulder behind her rolled off the hill above her house and smashed into the side of the dwelling.MELROSE Robinson cannot remember the last time she has had a proper night’s sleep.The 54-year-old resident of Florence Hill, a farming community in Stony Hill, St Andrew, says every time she attempts to sleep she is haunted by thoughts that she, her daughter, and four grandchildren, who all live in the same house, will not wake up to see the following day.The reason is that three extremely large boulders are perched dangerously on the side of a hill above her humble one-room house. Robinson says she cannot rid herself of the feeling that the boulders may one day come crashing down on her house and crush her and her family.The feeling has intensified as the anniversary of a near tragedy approaches.Last December, a large rock rolled off the hill and smashed into the side of her house.”It was just the mercy of God that saved my life,” Robinson explains. “I was standing in the back of my yard. Most of my family had gone away on holiday. I heard a loud rumbling sound and when I looked up, I could not believe what I was seeing.”The huge stone was rolling down the side of the hill, smashing the trees in its path.”I was so frightened, I just dropped everything and ran to the front of the house,” Robinson says, trembling at the memory with her hands on her head.”The stone crashed into the side of the house smashing out a section of the wall,” Robinson adds.Since that time, Robinson says she has been calling on authorities in and around her area for help to repair the damage to her house and to remove the remaining stones that are still perched on the side of the hill.”I have gone to political representatives from both sides in the area. I have gone to the National Works Agency, but all of my calls for help have been ignored,” she says, adding that she has run out of ideas as to where to go next.People in the area have told her to relocate, but that is not so easy to do, she says”This is where I have been living for more than 14 years. All of my savings, my investments are here. Where can I go? All I want is some help from the powers that be to remove the stones,” she says
Published By: The Observer

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