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11/13/13 05:54 AM
11/13/13 05:54 AM
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Marty Offline OP

Marty  Offline OP

Buses travelling to Sarteneja are restricted from reaching their destination, as flood waters covers the Sarteneja Road and Villagers are forced to wade to the village under treacherous and muddy waters.

Villagers ask NEMO for immediate help.

Current road conditions leading to Sarteneja Sarteneja: (Photo J.Cruz)

According to residents of Sarteneja buses from Orange Walk to the village have been dropping commuters off at a point where the road is impassable due to rising flood waters. Women, children and students are being left to wade back to the village under some treacherous road conditions. We were informed that some smaller children have been falling into the muddy water due to the long distance they have to walk to reach the village.

Residents who contacted the Corozal Daily last night have expressed their frustrations since NEMO or no authority has contacted them to assist in mitigating their diminishing situation.

Most of the travelling to Corozal Town is currently being done by boat which has become very expensive for villagers and residents.

We are asking NEMO and the relevant authorities to immediately look into this serious matter affecting the daily lives of our Sarteneja villagers.

Women and children are dropped off here by the buses to wade into the village!

Corozal Daily (…Sometimes)

11/14/13 05:26 AM
11/14/13 05:26 AM
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Marty Offline OP

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Screen_shot_2013-11-13_at_8.02.06_PMToday CTV3 News received several complaints from commuters travel to and from the Village of Sarteneja. Pictures show that a portion of the road is impassable as it is covered by flooded waters. According to residents of Sarteneja buses from Orange Walk to the village have been dropping commuters, including students, off at a point where the road is impassable due to rising flood waters. We can tell you that road is in terrible condition since our Reporter Maria Novelo and Jesus Melgar got a firsthand look at the situation as they traveled to the village today to cover the story. They; however, were unable to access the village since our vehicle was unable to make it across the deep flooded waters. We will have their experience in tomorrow’s newscast.

And sticking to the topic, today we contacted District Coordinator for the National Emergency Management Organization (NEMO) in Corozal, Willard Levy, who told us that in his five years of heading NEMO, it is the first time that the road gets to such a state. To make matters worse he was not informed about the seriousness of the situation.

Willard Levy – NEMO Corozal

“This is something that NEMO did not know absolutely anything about, it was not reported by none of the village leaders and that is the problem that we have if reports are not made into NEMO, NEMO is not always out there on the field and we cannot give any assistance if nothing is given to us.  I got this information via an email from a gentleman and I immediately address the concern with the ministry of works, I call Mr. Cano I told him that I am forwarding an email and to please look at the pictures and address the concern and I want a report.”

Victor Castillo – Reporter

“I this particular area an area that normally or annually get flooded or it is vulnerable to flooding?”

Willard Levy – NEMO Corozal

“Well it is a low lying area but it has never been as terrible as this, you have to realize that we had above average rain for this area and low lying area usually get the vulnerable part of it where they get flooded and areas that hardly flood would be more flooded and so it is a low lying area and ministry of works have to find a way how to address that area by maybe probably filling the road and avoiding any future incident but at the same time Mr. Cano mention that he is not sure, he does not want to make any judgment as to what the condition is why the flooding probably it would be culvert that is covered up and making it impossible for the water to run, he doesn’t know he will find that out tomorrow.”

According to Levy, the manager for the District Ministry of Works in Corozal, Emil Cano will be heading out to the area first thing tomorrow morning to assess and find a solution to the situation.

Willard Levy – NEMO Corozal

“He has given me a report and he says that he is going to be over to that areas first thing tomorrow morning and address the concern as to finding a way on how to getting that water off the road and after that he can address the road condition so that it could be trafficable, it would be passable.”

Victor Castillo – Reporter

“Is there anything else that probably NEMO could assist these people that are travelling today in particular to get in and out from Sarteneja?”

Willard Levy – NEMO Corozal

“Well, the thing is that the flood is not as deep as we would say that we can’t send in some boats in there to assist, the problem is that flooded road have some pot hole and that is the fear that busses have to drive through that water and they are afraid to get stuck in that water and won’t be able to come out so that is the reason why the people have to walk through that water, at this point there isn’t anything that we can at this point to do tomorrow Mr. Cano will be doing that.”

We will bring an update on the relieve work that should commence tomorrow in our next newscast.


11/16/13 05:08 AM
11/16/13 05:08 AM
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VIDEO: Sarteneja Road Flooding Belize

11/17/13 04:57 AM
11/17/13 04:57 AM
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Marty Offline OP

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Video of the road recorded on Thursday

Things went from bad to really bad! Our people should never have to be going through something like this. Mitigation should have been done a long time ago.

Sarteneja Road now a river.

11/28/13 04:54 AM
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Marty Offline OP

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District Coordinator for DEMO in Corozal Mr. Willard Levy has informed the Corozal Daily that additional assistance has been provided to the people of Sarteneja by utilizing a Belize Coast Guard boat to ferry residents to
Corozal Town. This service was started yesterday Tuesday, Nov 26 and will last until this Thursday Nov 28. The "Thunderbolt" will continue the same run Friday Nov 29 & Saturday Nov 30. If necessary DEMO may continue on Monday. The service provided on both the Coast Guard and Thunderbolt is free of cost to the
people of Sarteneja.

The road conditions in these areas still remain in an extremely bad state and the issue with the High School students need immediate and further attention.

12/02/13 11:42 AM
12/02/13 11:42 AM
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What portion of the ( I think 30 miles of the road ) is flooded ?
Closer to the ferry or closer to the village ?

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