Several areas across the country experienced heavy showers during the course of the night into the early hours of the morning. Rainfall was reported in the Cayo, Stann Creek and Belize districts. Rainfall specifically in the area of Mountain Pine Ridge, triggered a flash flood which briefly interrupted the flow of traffic along the Western Highway in the vicinity of Georgeville Village. The raging waters washed a vehicle off the highway.
There was quick response from the Cayo District Emergency Committee, other agencies and concerned citizens. The driver, who was the sole occupant of the vehicle was rescued and taken to safety. A number of houses in Georgeville were also affected by the flash flood.
The District Emergency Committees remain on high alert in the flooded areas across the country. Rescue teams are today again assessing the needs of flood victims in Calla Creek, Arenal, Bullet Tree Falls, 7 Miles/El Progreso and Georgeville.
The Cayo District Emergency Committee has also dispatched medical teams to the affected areas which also include Santa Familia and Branch Mouth. Meanwhile, flood victims from Bullet Tree and Calla Creek remain at the ITVET Shelter in San Ignacio, as their houses remain partially submerged in flood waters.
Officials at the Belize District Rural Emergency Committee are today working in Crooked Tree and surrounding areas, in addition to a medical team operating out of Lemonal Village.
With respect to the Belize City area and adjacent communities along the Western and Northern Highways, the District Emergency Committee has again dispatched vessels to assist flood victims in those areas. Today, vessels are operating in Freetown Sibun and Gracie Rock.
According to the District Coordinator, an “incident commander” is stationed in the areas of the 8 miles Community along the Western Highway to report on activities there. Partial flooding has been reported in the Belama Phase 4 area where at least four families were evacuated last night and taken to a temporary shelter. Members of the District Emergency Committee are also Lord’s Bank, Ladyville, Bella Vista, Vista del Mar and Los Lagos.
In Corozal, the District Emergency Coordinator reports that flooding remains minimal in that area, with only two families receiving assistance at the shelter in Corozal Town.
Members of the Orange Walk Emergency Committee are again assessing the needs while distributing food supplies to flood victims in Guinea Grass, Santa Martha, Trial farm and Carmelita. 52 people who were evacuated remain sheltered at the Multi Purpose Center in Orange Walk Town. Others remain on higher ground in Guinea Grass Village with family members.