By Alexis R. Milan, Staff Reporter
The National Emergency Management Organization (NEMO) has issued a public advisory encouraging all residents in low-lying, flood-prone areas to remain vigilant and to become familiar with emergency numbers in the event of an emergency situation.
NEMO has also advised that more flooding is expected. People on the cayes, those who live along rivers, creeks, water ways, low-lying areas, farmers and fisher folks, are cautioned to heed the advisory and take the necessary precautions to save life. Drivers are asked to slow down and put on their hazard lights when driving through rain.
According to NEMO, three families, a total of 15 people in Stann Creek have been rescued by Belize Association for Search and Rescue (BASAR) and are now safe and dry in the Hope Creek Methodist School Shelter. They were returned home after it stopped raining and the water receded in Hope Creek, Sarawee and Dangriga.
The organization said it will remain on alert. NEMO Emergency Coordinators can be reached as follows: Corozal, Williard Levy at 623-0237; Orange Walk, Suliema Celiz at 605-5046; Belize District, Calbert Budd at 602-8632 and Kevin Pollard at 621-2275; San Pedro, Timrose Augustine at 600-8672; Belmopan, Clare Moody at 630-9791; Cayo, Al Westby at 630-3224; Stann Creek, Victor Castillo at 630-9780; and Toledo, Kenton Parham at 630-9787. The NEMO Emergency Hotline is 936.
NEMO also encourages the public to play close attention to weather updates from the National Meteorological Service. More rain is expected along the coast and Northern areas of the country. Captains of small crafts are advised to take caution and all are advised to stay out of flood waters.