It was a dry Christmas for residents of Branchbury, St Joseph who spent much of Christmas Day without water. However, they did not allow the situation to parch and dehydrate the Christmas spirit to death.
“We tried to make it a good Christmas but without the water it wasn’t that good,” Marcia Layne, who has resided in the community for over 40 years, told Barbados TODAY.
“The [water tanker] didn’t come out ‘til late yesterday [Christmas Day] about 1:30 p.m. or 2 p.m. and you had to walk all over the place for water.
“It was filled yesterday and it empty already because the people don’t have no water and they have to get water so right now it doesn’t have any, so we just here waiting to see when it will come,” she said.
Another resident, Julian Burrowes, 72, explained that the three water tanks in the district – which were empty when the team from Barbados TODAY visited the area – were quickly cleared because the people of Branchbury and the surrounding areas had been thirsty for relief for several days.
Burrowes said people travelled from Chimborazo, Horse Hill and “from every part” of the parish to get catch some water.
He added that on Christmas Day the water was on for approximately two to three hours but for the majority day the residents were left at the mercy of the water tanks.
When Barbados TODAY arrived on scene, water was running in the taps in Branchbury. A grateful Ina Mayers said that she was “trying to scrub up all my clothes and get them wash before the water goes off”.
Meanwhile, Kim Headley could be seen hosing her backyard and her dog house, thankful for the little water that was available.