High water continues to disrupt nation
As predicted, rains continue to inundate much of the
country today to cause floods, threaten property and
hinder travel on major highways. According to the
Ministry of Works, the following roads and bridges
remain closed tonight.
In the Toledo District, while the Southern Highway is
open, the Jordan Bridge is still closed. Villagers of
Pueblo Viejo are still cut off from the rest of the
country by the floodwaters. In Barranco the road is
impassable and the Aguacate Road is closed because
the causeway is flooded. At Monkey River, the mile six
culvert has washed away rendering the road
impassable. However, the Rio Blanco Bridge has been
repaired and is tonight open to the public.
In the Cayo District, the Tambos and Frank Eddy roads
are closed, as are the Baking Pot and Young Bank
ferries. The More Tomorrow Bridge is not open to
traffic; Iguana Creek Bridge is under two feet of water,
and the wooden bridge between San Ignacio and
Santa Elena is still submerged.
In the Belize District, the Coastal Highway is
impassable and the eastern approach to the Rancho
Dolores Bridge is under four and a half feet of water.
Those who wish to cross at Rancho Dolores have to do
so by boat.
Meanwhile, officials from the Ministry of Works tell
News 5 that waters running beneath the Beaver Dam
Bridge receded today, but engineers continue to
monitor the bridge. If water levels continue to fall the
underwater concreting, postponed because of
Tuesday's flash flood, will be scheduled for tomorrow
night. According to Chief Engineer Cadet Henderson,
tonight all categories of vehicles are being allowed to
cross the bridge, but only on the left side of the
structure. Motorists are asked to pay keen attention to
the many barriers and signs posted along the road and
near the bridge, drive across slowly and keep at least
one car-length between vehicles crossing.
In other news from the Ministry of Works, motorists
travelling on the Hummingbird Highway might have
noticed several pieces of a bridge in the river at mile
twenty. According to Henderson, demolition experts
demolished the bridge today as it had previously
posed peril to residents of the area, who used it for
recreation despite its rundown condition. The structure
was originally built in 1907 as part of the railway and
adapted for vehicular traffic in 1938. The replacement
bridge used by motorists today was built in 1992.
Henderson says a similar exercise took place along the
Hummingbird at mile seven earlier this month. The
project is a joint operation between the U.S. Army,
the Belize Defence Force and the Ministry of Works.