Families living on a property in George Town who have been served eviction notices were left without power Wednesday when the electricity was cut off.
Soon afterwards, a generator at the site kicked in and power to at least one of the homes returned. The sudden loss of power did not deter some of the residents from their insistence that they would not move, although the children and sister of missing woman Anna Evans, who live on the premises, were getting ready to relocate on Wednesday.
Gathered under a cabana at the site on Shedden Road, opposite Archie’s Bar, with other family members, Lucy Ebanks, the mother of the missing landfill worker, said she had no intention of leaving. “I said it before and I am saying it again, I am not moving. They have to do what they have to do,” she said.
On Tuesday, court bailiffs placed padlocks and posted possession orders on Ms. Ebanks’s home, where the Evans family were living, as well as on the home of Anthony Scott. Mr. Scott said he also will not leave.
The eviction and possession orders were issued after landowner Kent Rankin moved to possess his property. Residents living at the site dispute his right to the land and are refusing to move.
The other occupants had been given until Wednesday, Oct. 15, to vacate the premises.
“I know the power will not be reconnected again by CUC because the property is in Kent Rankin’s name so the children will have to use candles and [carry] back water by bucket,” said Mr. Scott.
He said he was prepared to continue living in his house without CUC power. “We roughed it with Hurricane Ivan for three months … we will have to get used to it. I know people in Jamaica who have never had electric power in their lives, and in Honduras the power goes out for hours every day, so we will have to just use ice coolers and candles … we have propane stove so we will be able to eat.” Noreen Dixon, Ms. Evans’s sister and caretaker of her children, said she was told by CUC that the landowner had instructed the utilities company to terminate power to the buildings.
“They turned off the lights from their offices and did not say anything to anyone living here. After that, a CUC worker came and took out the two meters and left with them,” said Ms. Dixon.
According to Ms. Dixon, she received a call Wednesday from Children and Family Services department to sign papers for a rental home in Bodden Town that she has secured for her and the children. Her mother, Ms. Ebanks, insists she won’t be going with them. “I asked my mother if she wanted to come along but she said she’s not leaving, so there is nothing more I can do,” said Ms. Dixon.
Ms. Evans disappeared on Jan. 27, 2011. The Department of Environmental Health worker was last seen at her workplace at the George Town Landfill.