MORE RAIN MAY CAUSE FLOODING OF HIGHWAYS
June 26, 2006

Continuous downpours over the Belize, Cayo, Stann Creek and Toledo Districts have caused flooding in some areas. The heavy rains, according to Deputy Chief Meteorologist, Ramon Frutos, will continue at least for the next 24 hours.

Ramon Frutos, Deputy Chief Meteorologist

“We notice from the records that this is that area that has been getting the most rainfall for the past 24 hours, over the weekend and last week so the soil in this part of the country is very saturated. So if we get more rain it is likely that we will have localized flooding. Indications form the hydrological stations around the country point out that the stage levels are above the average in many parts of the rivers and the tributaries in the central and southern parts of the country and with more rain it is likely that we will get flooding. We are already receiving reports of localized flooding at Mile 8 and other areas and these conditions are expected since these areas are low lying and since the soil is saturated then people in those areas can expect localized flooding. So people in these communities should be aware of this and take the preventative measures and keep dry and stay away from the flooded areas as much as possible.”

Marion Ali – Love FM

“Do you anticipate any of the major highways to be closed?”

Ramon Frutos, Deputy Chief Meteorologist

“Probably the road that we need to watch out for is the Coastal Road, the Manatee Road, where we have some localized flooding and the tributaries and the main streams that cross the road. So we just need to be alert and we will be working with the public works so to inform you which road will closed if the flooding continues if the streams and tributaries overflow their banks, and that is possible in the next 24 hours. “

Marion Ali – Love FM

“Another area that frequently floods in the area between mile 46 and mile 48 on the Western Highway cutting off Belize City from Belmopan.”

Ramon Frutos, Deputy Chief Meteorologist

“That is right, that is another flood prone area and we are watching it very closely, but we are seeing that water levels are running and we are seeing that the area going good, but if we get more rain there is a possibility that that area floods.”

Frutos explains what is causing the heavy rains.

Ramon Frutos, Deputy Chief Meteorologist

“If we get the rainfall amount that the modules are predicting we can get another two inches in these areas very easily in those areas. The reason for this is because we have an area of disturbed area or a tropical wave moving to the coast of Nicaragua at the moment and most of the thunderstorms and showers, the convection refer to it, is situated ahead of the tropical wave axis. So by the time the axis reaches Belize tomorrow or by midmorning, the rains will be over by the course of the 24 hours.”

Frutos says there are no other weather systems forming in the Atlantic that poses any threat to Belize presently.