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#389296 - 10/06/10 02:46 PM Flood waters rise in the Belize River Valley
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Frank Tench

The water level of the Belize River is at least twenty five feet higher than normal. This is the result of flood waters that continue to flow down from the Cayo District in the wake of Tropical Storm Matthew. The access road to Flowers Bank was flooded for hundreds of yards, and Forecaster Frank Tench says there is still more rain to come. But there is good news: he does not predict those rains will affect the already flooded areas in the Belize River Valley.

Frank Tench, Forecaster (via phone)

“Whatever flooding is being caused in the Belize River Valley would be as a result of the rains we’ve had previously from the effects of TD Matthew and any continued rainfall that has been occurring in the Petén region of Guatemala. The type of rains we’ve been having has been mainly along the coast and over the sea and the amounts would not be substantial enough to affect river levels in the Belize River Valley. We expect conditions to continue cloudy tonight and cloudy with sunny periods tomorrow. A few light showers will continue over the sea and coastal areas tonight and for tomorrow light coastal showers will continue.”

But while the coastal showers are not expected to contribute to the flooding, the river still has not crested.

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#389366 - 10/07/10 03:04 PM Re: Flood waters rise in the Belize River Valley [Re: Marty]
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Flowers Bank Road flooded

Since the passage of Tropical Storm Matthew, various parts of the country, primarily the west and central regions, flooded. A News Five team encountered a flooded road when we visited Flowers Bank on Tuesday and a river that had risen about twenty feet above its normal level. Gonguez says the flooding will last for another few days, and will also affect some parts of Belize City.

Dennis Gonguez

“There are lots of water stored in the Crooked Tree Lagoon at this time and eventually that water is expected to enter into the Belize River and head out through the Haulover Creek.”

Marion Ali

“Ok, so Belize City is yet to see the effects of that flooding and north of Belize City?”

Dennis Gonguez

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“Well what happened, the levels have reached a steady height at this time and there won’t be any rises because there are no further inputs into the river. We don’t expect any new rains in the near future so the levels will be steady. So what we’ll see now is a leveling off of the Belize River flow. We should see those water heading towards the mouth of the Haulover Creek at a steady pace. There’s a possibility that some of the low-lying areas, such as Belama will see, especially if the crest reaches during a high tide then we could see some yards being inundated.”

Gonguez also advises everyone to be prepared for any threats of new storms, since we are still in the hurricane season.

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#389367 - 10/07/10 03:05 PM Re: Flood waters rise in the Belize River Valley [Re: Marty]
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Early flood warning system for Belize River Valley

The Japanese International Corporation Agency is assisting the National Emergency Management Organization along with technical experts from the National Met Service to install a flood early warning system for the Belize River Valley. The area is prone to severe flooding and the equipment will enable the residents to detect when they are in danger of flooding. Chief Met Officer, Dennis Gonguez, told News Five today that the project, financed by Japan, should take one year to be completed.

Dennis Gonguez, Chief Met Officer

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“Presently the team from Japan are in Belize and they’re out in the field looking at locations where we can place automatic river monitoring stations. We’re working on a sense of ownership, that we will try give the communities these instruments so that they can say this belongs to us, we’ll monitor it and we’ll alert the National Met Service and NEMO whenever there’s a flood event. Whenever there’s a flood event occurring there will be an alarm and we will be notified that the Belize River Valley, the river is reaching critical levels.”

Gonguez says that a similar project was completed with donations from the Organization of American States that entailed the installation of river monitoring stations for the Rio Hondo in the north. Stations were placed at Douglas, San Antonio and Blue Creek.

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