Residents of San Pedro had forgotten how pothole and puddled streets look like, until the rains came! 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.
Residents of the different subdivisions are crying out to the San Pedro Town Council for help. Although the Town Council is working on the main streets, now paving the street all the way to the Boca del Rio Bridge, attention needs to be directed to the other streets. Residents flooded the telephone lines of the Good Morning San Pedro Reef Radio Morning Show to express their frustrations about the dire condition of the streets.
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.
But even though the residents are crying for help and frustrated with the lack of work from the San Pedro Town Council, Deputy Mayor of San Pedro Mr. Severo Guerrero, says that there is nothing that the Council can do until the rains stop. They are waiting for the rains to stop.
But when will the rains stop? The Town Council cannot sit and wait for the rain to stop; it’s the rainy season and there are no signs of it stopping now. Deputy Mayor Severo also stated that these streets need proper draining but that the Council does not have the finance for that project. Residents believe that the Council should not wait; there are other ways to tackle this problem and they can work on them to at least alleviate the problem. Residents of Ambergris Caye are frustrated and hope that the Town Council just doesn’t wait for the rains to go away.