Heavy rainfall causes flash flooding










Heavy rain fall has caused flash flooding in various areas of the country. Affected were portions of the La Democracia community, which caused the Sibun River to break its bank.  Several homes on the Coastal road were under water due to the flash flood. This afternoon, the National Emergency and Management Organization, NEMO, issued a release saying that its Belize District Coordinator and the Police were deployed to the area to establish what occurred and render assistance. Water has since been receding.Near mile 27 on the George Price Highway, the road was compromised due to damage to the culvert causing traffic delays for about an hour. Vehicles and buses were prevented from crossing the area most affected by flooding. Some passengers abandoned public transport, kicked off their shoes and walked a few yards where they hitched a ride with vehicles on the other side of the floods. Meanwhile, NEMO cautions that “Flood waters in the Rio Hondo continue to raise cutting off the communities of Santa Cruz, San Roman, San Antonio and Douglas. Two civilian boats supplied by the people of Orange walk are deployed to cover the areas from San Roman to Douglas. The Belize Defense Force River patrol between Santa Cruz and San Roman will remain in place to provide assistance to the people in the area. The BDF and Belize National Coast Guard are on standby to support NEMO operations in the north.” Drivers are asked to exercise extreme caution when passing that area and while travelling the highways as rains have affected most of the major and secondary roads and streets throughout the country.

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