Sea Erosion Threatens Inhabitants of Harper City

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By: Bryan Dioh (Correspondent, Maryland County)

Several residents in the J-Larma Cox Community are living in fear as their homes might soon be overtaken by the Atlantic ocean due to sand mining in the County.

some residents of Maryland have since started the mining of sand in the J.Larma-Cox Community after a pronouncement from local county officials closing the Harper Beach which was used for such activities.

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The constant mining of sand in the Community has endangered several homes which are closer to the sand mining site in the Community, something residents said if nothing is  done to remedy the situation many homes will be destroy.

John Dio a resident of the Community inform KMTV that heavy machines are often seeing digging sand from the Community, creating deep holes in the area.

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He said the situation has giving the Atlantic Ocean a pathway and could be dangerous in the future for homes in the Community.

“My brother, we are tired complaining about this sand mining business, but all our big people (County Officials)  are not doing anything to help with the situation. Even for our Community Chair to speak about this it is a problem, because every time he comes up the people mining the sand, they will tell him, your bosses send us and we pay; so, we are just looking at them.”Dio stated in an angry mood.

He indicated that there is a need for intervention from the Environmental Protection agency (EPA),to halt sand mining in the area.

Another residents Jessica Wonder said “We think the Government needs to come in and stop this because we are suffering, especially where mosquitoes will take over our homes.”

She said the mining of sand in the Community poses threat to the health condition of residents. “This is serious, we really want the Government to come and help us and if that’s not done, I don’t know how we will survive when the sea is ready for us one day.

Every time we say this, people will say we are undermining the Government and the people who are responsible for sand mining.” Jessica stated .

She outlined that for too long they have suffered, while indicating that the road leading to their Community is in a deliberated stage and needs rehabilitation. “See even our roads how it is bad, and every time we are talking to them they are still hulling sand from here.”

Another residents Jessica Wonder said “We think the Government needs to come in and stop this because we are suffering, especially where mosquitoes will take over our homes.”

She said the mining of sand in the Community poses threat to the health condition of residents. “My son this is serious, we really want the Government to come and help us and if that’s not done, I don’t know how we will survive when the sea is ready for us one day.

Every time we say this, people will say we are undermining the Government and the people who are responsible for sand mining.” Jessica stated .

She outlined that for too long they have suffered, while indicating that the road leading to their Community is in a deliberated stage and needs rehabilitation. “See even our roads how it is bad, and every time we are talking to them they are still hulling sand from here.”

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