The National Emergency Management Organization continues to monitor the rise and fall of rivers across the country. National Operations Officer Roberto Ramirez says that NEMO is currently keeping a close watch of the area where the Mopan River runs into the Belize Old River in the Cayo District. This is the only area that can pose immediate threat of flooding to the nearby communities. The Iguana Creek Bridge has been closed since over the weekend as water has risen between four to five feet over the structure. The bridge connecting San Ignacio and Santa Elena Towns also remains closed as it is submerged under water. Traffic flow has been redirected over the Hawks Worth Bridge which is, for now, the only avenue connecting the twin towns. Traffic officers have been stationed at the bridge to direct the smooth flow of traffic. NEMO is also monitoring the areas along the Belize River Valley, the Mopan River within the Arenal Area and the Kendal Crossing at the Sittie River. NEMO has also set up watch of the Rio Hondo River in the North along Douglas, San Antonio and San Roman Villages which are flood prone areas. Watch points have also been placed at La Union and Blue Creek. A team from the Belize Coast Guard is monitoring the area in Crooked Tree. In addition, a vessel from the Fisheries department has also been placed on standby in case of an emergency. Residents in low lying areas along rinsing waters are asked to remain vigilant as NEMO continues to monitor the situation.

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