Former mission now serves only as a refuge for storm water
Published: April 14, 2014
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ST. THOMAS - The Rev. Henry Lanclos stands in front of his property, a former mission and homeless shelter, and he laments the damage done.
A broken manhole and clogged storm drains on Krondprinsens Gade have forced sewage and storm water runoff into his Anna's Fancy building for years.
While the manhole was repaired and the cover replaced by the V.I. Waste Management Authority last week, the other necessary road work is waiting on funding, according to government officials.
The two-story building, painted sage green, was built by Lanclos when he returned to the island in 1964. For years it was the God be the Glory Mission House, but it has been used for many other purposes since.
Now it is empty.
"I had to condemn the cistern," Lanclos said.
The cistern pipe is on the side of the building, and when the water pools in the street, unable to drain, it enters the cistern, he said.
To combat the continued flooding he raised the first floor about six inches.
Waste Management Authority spokeswoman Stella Saunders said the manhole cover was repaired after Lanclos' complaint came to the agency.
"We went there and the cover was broken, all the concrete around it was cracked and it had kind of collapsed and we took care of that," she said.
The storm drains are under the jurisdiction of Public Works.
Public Works Commissioner Darryl Smalls said he was well aware of the situation in Anna's Fancy.
"I'm waiting on some funding and we're going to address that roadway," he said. "It's one of my priority road projects."
He said the funding would have to come from a local appropriation.
"When we get funding and can repair that roadway, we will see how we can address the drainage issues in that area," he said.
- Contact reporter Aldeth Lewin at 714-9111 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.