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Rain Wreaks Havoc on San Pedro Streets #418093
10/07/11 01:35 PM
10/07/11 01:35 PM
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Marty Offline OP

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Since the beginning of summer, or probably even as far back as late Easter, the island was experiencing close to drought conditions with very little rain. As a matter of fact, many were asking for rain. Boy, do we have rain now!

The incessant rains have, over the past month, wreaked havoc on the streets of the different subdivision on the island. It’s a blessing that we now have paved/cobblestone streets that run through town and the two mile stretch up to Victoria House Resort. No more puddles and rough riding through these streets anymore. But the other streets are bad.

The streets are flooded from side to side, the puddles are huge and the potholes dot the streets like polka dots! Children find it difficult to get to school without getting dirty or run the risk of slipping on the muddy streets and falling down. Traffic slows down and vehicles are taking a beating. The most affected areas seem to be the DFC, San Pablo and San Pedrito Areas but the entire island is being affected by the rains.

For lots of photos and the rest of the story at the Ambergris Today CLICK HERE

Re: Rain Wreaks Havoc on San Pedro Streets [Re: Marty] #418321
10/10/11 06:55 AM
10/10/11 06:55 AM
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Marty Offline OP

Marty  Offline OP

Street conditions worsen with constant rains

The rains started about a week ago and have not ceased. In town, the rains are welcomed by many, ridding us of some very hot weather. However for residents living in the outskirts of town, the constant raining has been causing much headache. In the DFC Area, one resident stated, “Even travelling on bicycle is hard. Too much potholes”. Residents complain of streets covered with dirty water that they fear will cause health issues. Pictures show students wading through the murky waters as they make their way to the main streets heading to school.

Areas like the DFC area and San Pedrito are two areas most affected by the rains. Even more unfortunate is that these areas are not connected to the town’s sewer system. This brings residents even more concerns, as many stressed that they believe that lots of the water that runs onto the street is more than likely contaminated with human excrement from septic tanks.

One resident told The San Pedro Sun, “The streets need to be fixed. The Town Council hasn’t even been here to see. There is an open lot across from a local store which emanates thick black stinking water into the street. That can’t be good for the kids to have to walk through. Taxis refuse to come and pick us up and our kids. We have to walk to the main road and wait for the taxis that pass”.

In an interview with Deputy Mayor of the San Pedro Town Council, Mr. Severo Guerrero Sr., on Wednesday October 5th, he stated; “Nothing much can be done when it is raining like this. If we fill it up with hardcore, it will just wash off. We are waiting for the rain to stop. According to Mr. Panton we have about three more days of raining like this. The long term fix to the problem is to create proper drainage in these areas but there is no finance for that”. He further informed that one day after the rain stops, that the town council will be out in full force, fixing the streets in those areas.

Click here to read the rest of the article and see more photos in the San Pedro Sun!

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