Drains blocked as garbage piles up
Since the heavy rains returned more than two months ago, the presence of plastic bottles, Styrofoam boxes, plastic bags, and other waste materials has clogged up several drains, preventing the free flow of water in Boundbrook and other adjoining communities in Port Antonio, Portland.
Such conditions have resulted in inundated roadway and in some instances, flooding of homes at Boundbrook, Janga Gully, Rice Peas, Bryan's Bay, Halls Avenue, Breast Works, and Sea View Farm Road.
"Improper disposal of garbage is a perennial problem," commented Dexter Rowland, councillor of the Port Antonio division.
"Such practices are evident near the Port Antonio High School and also in the Little Annotto River area. It is even worse now, especially given the threat of the impending Zika virus, dengue, malaria, and the H1N1 virus. Residents need to be aware of their surroundings and dispose of their garbage properly. Failure to do so could result in the outbreak of mosquito-borne diseases," he added.
Just last month, it was revealed by the local Ministry of Health that the parish has one case of the H1N1 virus, which was confirmed recently.