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Aug 9, 2012

A deep step in flooded streets

The Belize City Council has been giving streets within the City a facelift. It is part of an infrastructural upgrade that the council has embarked on. At least fifty percent of the streets are to be upgraded, but the residents of the Belama Phase Four area are up in arms because they say that the main thoroughfare that leads into the area has been neglected for several years. The street has been under water for some time and with the upcoming school year, the residents say that something needs to be done. Freelance reporter Duane Moody reports.

 

Duane Moody

“I’m currently standing in at least eight inches of water on Apollo Street. This is the main entrance to the Belama Phase Four Area. The deplorable condition of the street has been a nuisance to residents in the area who have to traverse through the muddy waters to get to work, to get to school and then back home.”

 

Donna Petch

Donna Petch, Resident

“Since I mi live back yah from 2000, this street—dehn mi fix it you know, but dehn noh di fix it the way it supposed to fix. We could understand that money is the problem, but look back yah. This dah noh even wah street I woulda call it because when I have to walk from out yah fi ketch the bus or ker my daughter dah school, I have to dih pass through people yard and di get dah that corner deh and if I noh watch weh I di walk, I woulda drop ina the drain.  Noh even the vehicle dehn wah come through it because it hand-bug the vehicle too. So you noh only thing about the health, but you think ‘bout the vehicle dehn too.”

 

Olive Mae Bennett

Olive Mae Bennett, Resident

“When I look back yah flooded; flood from yah go way so. This dah the main one and that side dah di main one.”

 

Duane Moody

“So it’s always flooded; it never dries?”

 

Olive Mae Bennett

“When it dries down, lee bit and then it goes right back again.”

 

Estell Pineda

Estell Pineda, Resident

“The problem is that there is always water here. They need to come and put stones so as to raise the level of the street. Once it rains this street becomes flooded. This is nothing compared to other times when the water is much higher. We are forgotten back here. Nobody comes to help us in this area.”

 

But as the tide rises, the water levels would increase. And despite several attempts to fix the street, they have been futile.  The residents say that something must be done since schools will reopen in a few weeks. Nine year old Leilin Ortez of Holy Redeemer Primary explain what she must do when school opens.

 

Leilin Ortez

Leilin Ortez, Resident

“Take off my shoes and walk in the water.”

 

Duane Moody

“You have to do this every day that you go to school?”

 

Leilin Ortez.

“Yes.”

 

Donna Petch

“Every time the children dehn come and pass through this water, dehn have to di back dehn shoes. Several times you see books and things di scatter bout ina this water and that noh right man. Ih noh correct.”

 

Estell Pineda

“The children cannot pass here when they need to go to school. At night it is dangerous to walk over that side because it is dark. There is light here but the streets are bad over this side.  So we need help. The government or the city council needs to come and look at this situation because it has been like this for years and nobody ever comes here to fix it.”

 

The stagnant water on the street has become a health hazard for the residents.

 

Leilin Ortez

“When I walk in the water; every time I get sick and I get worms in my foot.”

 

Donna Petch

“I’ve been getting sick from off of this street yah sake ah hafto to put mi foot ina the water. Noh only that too; flies—yoh di watch this because this harbor lot of mosquito and thing too. And crocodile ina dah water down yonder. I personally see it.”

 

While fifty percent of the streets in Belize City will be upgraded, it is known if Apollo Street is one of them. Duane Moody for News Five.

 

We contacted the City Council to find out if the Belama Phase Four residents can look forward to some relief, but we were told that no one was available to comment.

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3 Responses for “A deep step in flooded streets”

  1. Patriot says:

    Yup. And you guys voted in Francis again for up to $500 Bze each. So don’t complain now. These issues should have been brought up when Lee Mark and Francis were campaigning. But no, everyone quick fi vote fi colors. You all made your beds now sleep in it. Tell me. Da Francis or Lee Mark give Belama phase 2, 3, and 4 water, light, some drains, some street, food baskets, educational grants.. Now tell me who da the area rep. Francis or Lee Mark..? I sorry Belama, but I wouldnt help uno. Uno vote in Francis, so stay deh and wait mek he help uno. Lets see how long that will take.

  2. Disown mi country says:

    This is unbelievable. Why aren’t these people up in arms about this? Every resident in that area with the help of others should be protesting.

  3. Storm says:

    Pretty embarrassing. And a public health problem — mosquitoes, dengue, it can be avoided with a little care, planning, and effort.

    Maybe Hon. Barrow’s paid gangbangers can be handed shovels to clean up the problem.

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