Flood warnings for western Belize

By Benjamin Flowers
Staff Reporter

In the aftermath of Hurricane Earl, the National Emergency Management Organization (NEMO) has issued flood warnings for residents in the the Cayo district and the Belize River Valley.

On Friday, NEMO issued the advisory warning that residents could expect dangerous flooding, due to water from the storm running down from Guatemala. NEMO warned that flood waters would move quickly, and suggested that farmers evacuate livestock and take necessary precautions to secure them on higher ground.
“People living in these flood prone areas are being strongly encouraged to seek safety and move to higher grounds to protect life. Seek shelter with families or friends or go to a community shelter. Move out of areas that are likely to flood,” NEMO said.

Villages in the West, which fall under the flood warning include: Arenal; Succotz; Calla Creek; La Clarissa; Siete Millas; Barton Creek; San Marcos; Billy White; Central Farm; Buena Vista; Providencien; Ramonal; Paslow Falls, Bullet Tree Falls; Santa Familia, Branch Mouth, villages along the George Price Highway, Roaring Creek and More Tomorrow.

The Belize River Valley villages include: Crooked Tree, St. Paul’s Bank; Willows Bank; Rancho Dolores; Double Head Cabbage; Bermudian Landing; Isabela Bank; Flowers Bank; May Pen; Scotland Half-Moon; Burrel Boom; Lord’s Bank; Ladyville; Bomba, Maskall, St. Anns; Santana; Lucky Strike; Rockstone Pond and Boston.
NEMO also called on residents living in La Democracia; coastal highway community; Gales Point; Mullins River; Gracie Rock; Hattieville; Freetown Sibun, and Butcher Burns, to take heed to the advisory.

NEMO also gave a status update on the conditions of roads and bridges in the west, saying that Spanish lookout via Baking Pot Ferry and Iguana Creek Bridge are impassable at this time. The access route through Bullet Tree Falls village via the Bullet Tree Bridge is also impassable.
The Roaring Creek Bridge and the the wooden bridge in San Ignacio across the Macal River is closed.

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