The Belize River continues to rise in the Belize District and the Coast Guard has deployed a boat to assist people in the flood prone areas of Rancho Dolores, Boom and Crooked Tree. It was worst in Crooked Tree where the Causeway is impassable and covered by three feet of water. Today 7News went across the Lagoon with the Coast Guard to speak with the chairman who told us that the water is high and rising:..

Darrell Tillett, Chairman - Crooked Tree
"We are in a bad situation right now. I hope it wouldn't get worse than how it is right now, most the water are coming in here."

Daniel Ortiz
"When did the road started to look like that?"

Darrell Tillett, Chairman - Crooked Tree
"It had gotten worse since yesterday."

Daniel Ortiz
"I notice that you guys have the Coast Guard assistance today, I was told it started yesterday. Tell us about that?"

Darrell Tillett, Chairman - Crooked Tree
"They came in last night about 11pm."

Daniel Ortiz
"What sort of help are they providing?"

Darrell Tillett, Chairman - Crooked Tree
"They are here to transport the passengers to and from to get to the bus."

Daniel Ortiz
"How does that process work?"

Darrell Tillett, Chairman - Crooked Tree
"People got to get up really early in the morning from 4am because the first boat leaves at 4:30 to catch the bus at 5am."

Daniel Ortiz
"How long does ut taks for the water to recede?"

Darrell Tillett, Chairman - Crooked Tree
"At this time it is going to recede sometime around December, most of the time in December."

Daniel Ortiz
"The residents of Crooked Tree will have to continue to operate in this manner for a while?"

Darrell Tillett, Chairman - Crooked Tree
"Yes, for a couple of months."

Daniel Ortiz
"What's the sentiment from the villagers of Crooked Tree? Obviously it's a burden on them for having to get up so early. Tell us about what conservations you had with them since the situation with the road developed."

Darrell Tillett, Chairman - Crooked Tree
"Nobody wants this to happen. This is an extreme burden on villages, especially with the students who have to go to school and wake up so early to go. They don't like it any at all - nobody would like this situation."

Daniel Ortiz
"We are told that part of the reason is because the road is low and if it were raised it would alleviate this situation. Have you guys approach the government in order to deal with elevating that road because it seems as if though when heavy comes into this location it's something that you guys will have a chronic problem?"

Darrell Tillett, Chairman - Crooked Tree
"The Minister was here yesterday and I spoke to him about that and he promised as soon as the water goes down that's the first thing they will start raising the road especially between the two bridges."

An hour ago, NEMO issued a statement saying, quote, "people in the crooked Tree Area are URGENTLY advised to evacuate and seek safety." End quote.

And while there's that dire caution for Crooked Tree, NEMO confirms that the Sibun river is receding giving some relief to the communities of Gracie Rock and Freetown Sibun. NEMO also reports that in Isabella Bank, St. Pauls' Bank and Rancho the river has broken the banks and it is affecting farms and livestock. NEMO strongly urges residents TO MOVE LIVESTOCK TO AVOID A REPEAT OF THE PROBLEMS IN EXPERIENCED IN 2008. As you might recall in October of that year, many head of cattle were lost to fast rising waters.

In other flood related news, the body of 65 year old Carlos Valdez was found in the Mopan River right near the Succotz Ferry on Tuesday night at around 10:30. Villagers were on the ferry when the body washed up beside it. He is the only casualty so far in the wave of countrywide flooding.

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