Heavy rains experienced in the South on Tuesday night resulted in overnight flooding in the Toledo District, where at least 20 homes were affected by the rising waters.
Several communities were affected, however the most affected community was the Golden Stream Community, located about 28 miles south of Punta Gorda on the Southern Highway. The community is an area prone to flooding; the last flood at Golden Stream was about 3 years ago.
The flood waters continued to affect certain areas on Tuesday .
On Wednesday, NEMO District Coordinator for Toledo, Kenton Parham, spoke to PlusNews about the flood situation, and explained the efforts made to ensure the affected people get the necessary assistance from the National Emergency Management Organization.
“The response right now, the effort is focusing on getting assistance to those people. As we speak, right now we have relief supplies committed, We’re preparing those relief items that will be going out to that community, probably in the next hour or so.
We have a Village Emergency Committee that is also in the village, that is part of NEMO as well. We have the Golden Stream Community Centre and the Golden Stream School that are available for shelter for people who have been affected. They can stay until they’re able to get back into their homes, after the water recedes, clean up their homes and be able to get back in there.”
NEMO continues to monitor the situation and remains ready to provide the necessary emergency services to any affected community.