from a friend along the Macal, looks like the river is coming up fast....
Arrived back from the mechanic's about an hour ago, and almost couldn't get
back across the river.... it was up at least 15 feet higher than normal,
and raising fast. A call to the hydro plant was not encouraging.... it
hasn't peaked there yet, and they're 4 hours away. Right now it's rolling
4 meters over the dam, which I don't know what that means here exactly,
since the width of the river is different. My 'Rover is parked up pretty
high, but the river has been higher, and it could go under if it doesn't
slow down soon.
They knew at the hydro plant that the river was flooding at 9:00 am, and
could have notified those of us who are the first to be hit, but they
didn't. duPlooys had just sent tourists out in canoes just a few minutes
before it hit there, and they were lucky they made it to Chaa Creek and
could get off the river there.... it could have been life threatening and
would have required a search and rescue had they been further down, in the
middle of nowhere, stranded in a flood. The road across the river going up
to Black Rock is under water, and they can't get in or out. Their tourists
were returning from Xunantunich, and I think they had to swim along the
road wearing life jackets to get back to the lodge.
My whole swimming pool and gardens around it are already under 15 feet of
muddy water.... whew! what a lot of work it will be to clean up! Don't
know if I'll be able to get out tomorrow to pick up guests who are
arriving.... bad timing on this one.... and it's terrifying to think of
what it would be like if it were a broken dam, not just a normal flood! I
think it's sick that no one was notified this was happening.... and I'm
sure it would be the same with a broken dam.....