Heavy rains experienced in the South 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.
NEMO District Coordinator for Toledo Kenton Parham gave us more details of last night’s flooding.
“There was a flash flood in Golden Stream area, where we had some homes that were affected. We activated the NEMO response team, and we went out there early this morning. We discovered that there were twenty homes that were affected. As a result of that, we have activated the Relief Supplies Management Committee and the Housing and Shelter Committee, and NEMO sub-committees, to respond to that incident.
We got some damages in terms of steps getting wet, the fire-hearth that they cook on, and that type of thing.
So it’s a matter of, when the water recedes, getting these things dried.”
Kenton Parham explained the efforts being 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 the Relief Supplies Committee that is 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 Center 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.