POORLY maintained drains have been making life unpleasant for residents of Bronx Street in St Catherine.
The residents said that for the past two years, water that should have otherwise been channelled down the drain has been flooding their homes. What's worse: The situation has resulted in large pools of stagnant water becoming a feature of the community, causing a big stink.
So bad is the situation, the residents said, an entire family had to flee their home while businesses have shut down. One school has had to close its doors while the population of another has declined significantly.
The residents said that their pleas for help have fallen on deaf ears and have threatened protest action if the problem is not addressed.
"The problem has reached a stage where schools in the community have been forced to abandon their operations," Fiona Campbell told the Jamaica Observer on Monday.
"The problem has gotten so bad that parents are moving their children from schools in the area," said Campbell.
An official from the Seventh Day Adventist Basic School confirmed the reports.
One official from the school said that because of the problem, the school population had dropped from 30 at the start of the year to 15.
"We are convinced that if this problem is not addressed it will lead to major health problems," said Michael Mitchell, another resident.
Other residents in the area said the problem with the school were not the only concern. Howard Stubs, he had to abandon his three-bed room house.
"I have been forced to abandon my house because stagnant water from the streets has flooded my home," said Stubs.
He said his parents, who are in their 70s, have also been forced to relocate.
The residents said their patience is wearing thin and are demanding that some attention be paid to the area now.
"We really are upset that for months we have been calling for attention and are yet to get a response," said Fiona Hamilton, another resident.