Street conditions worsen with constant rains
Monday, October 10th, 2011
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.
Thursday October 6th was the first full day of sun in a week and the San Pedro Town Council took advantage of the weather. By afternoon dump trucks and tractors were at work, filling potholes and grading the streets.
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