A mother and her two children were startled when their house collapsed last night on Baldwin Drive in Belize City. The small elevated wooden structure sat on four posts at each corner but had shifted over the past few days due to the rain and wind. The woman, Thalia Westby is currently seeking aid in getting the damages repaired to her home.
Thalia Westby, Homeowner: “I don’t know where I will go to stay right now, I’m lost in that way. This is my little house, my little home for my kids. They were traumatized last night, they were frightened. We had to try to rush to find somewhere to sleep last night because of the curfew and I didn’t want to get charged. The neighbors tried to come to assist but they were afraid to assist us to see how we could take out the stuff or different thing but they were afraid to come out because of the curfew so we just had to go and leave the stuff. Everything I left right in there I didn’t try to save anything I just tried to save my kids from getting hurt. I would appreciate even if people come and try to rebuild the house for me. We have to walk in water to go to our house, I would be grateful and thankful to anybody who tries to help me.”
Naim Borges, Love FM News: “Now ma’am how long have you been living here ?
Thalia Westby, Homeowner: “About two years. I try doing things on my own, I try to work hard. Actually I physically me and one of my neighbors here actually built this little house. Part of the house sits in water and the next part is holding up by a stump that is back there so I guess that if that wasn’t there the house would have totally collapsed.”
With her house now being destroyed due to the heavy rains Westby told Love News that she now has a bigger burden to carry especially during the hurricane season.
Thalia Westby, Homeowner: “That was stressing me. That was the main when I heard about the storm that is going to pass that was stressing me a lot because I don’t have the finance to at least try get clay or stuff to fill the land so that we could put posts or try do whatever we need to do to prepare so that was a lot of stress on me. So I had no idea how I would do that you know because right now I’m not working and I try doing little stuff to still survive the crisis that we are going through right now but that’s not enough because it’s a daily struggle every day to try to meet my kid’s needs and stuff like that now I have this bigger problem with my house falling so I’m just trying to keep sane and stay strong for my kids. I can’t let them see me falling apart because they will fall apart too.”
Persons able to assist Westby can contact her at 625-5543.