The truck which capsized because of the landslip along the Campbell Trace, Libertville, Rio Claro. (Image courtesy David Law, Councillor for Rio Claro South/Cat’s Hill).

A dump truck capsized while the driver was trying to negotiate a landslip along the Campbell Trace, Libertville, Rio Claro, last night. Fortunately, neither the driver nor the lorry man who work for a transport company in Tabaquite, were injured.  The truck was pulled out this morning with an excavator. 

Rio Claro South/Cat’s Hill councillor, David Law, told Guardian Media the landslip occurred about four or five months ago, but the Mayaro-Rio Claro Regional Corporation does not have the resources to have it repaired.  He said the matter was raised at a council meeting and it was revealed that the road deterioration was a result of works by private land developers. 

Councillor Law had suggested to the meeting the corporation should pack the landslip with boulders or put up road signage.  However, he said only a bamboo barricade was erected.

“This is a dangerous situation. It is urgent. We may be short of material, but we need some urgent intervention by the ministry to bring relief there,” he said.

Noting that there are two more landslips in the area, he said the one at LP 32 Riverside Road, Fonrose Village, Rio Claro has resulted in the road being closed. 

Councillor Law explained a report was submitted under Unspent Balances 2020 for works to be implemented in 2021. However, he said there has been no release yet from the Local Government and Rural Development Ministry. 

He noted the other serious depression is at Old Mayaro Road, Libertville.

“Something has to be done about these landslips,” he lamented.