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#508346 - 10/18/15 05:03 AM Flooding news and photos  
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The National Emergency Management Organization (NEMO) has issued a public advisory encouraging all residents in low-lying, flood-prone areas to remain vigilant and to become familiar with emergency numbers in the event of an emergency situation.

NEMO has also advised that more flooding is expected. People on the cayes, those who live along rivers, creeks, water ways, low-lying areas, farmers and fisher folks, are cautioned to heed the advisory and take the necessary precautions to save life. Drivers are asked to slow down and put on their hazard lights when driving through rain.

According to NEMO, three families, a total of 15 people in Stann Creek have been rescued by Belize Association for Search and Rescue (BASAR) and are now safe and dry in the Hope Creek Methodist School Shelter. They were returned home after it stopped raining and the water receded in Hope Creek, Sarawee and Dangriga.

The organization said it will remain on alert. NEMO Emergency Coordinators can be reached as follows: Corozal, Williard Levy at 623-0237; Orange Walk, Suliema Celiz at 605-5046; Belize District, Calbert Budd at 602-8632 and Kevin Pollard at 621-2275; San Pedro, Timrose Augustine at 600-8672; Belmopan, Clare Moody at 630-9791; Cayo, Al Westby at 630-3224; Stann Creek, Victor Castillo at 630-9780; and Toledo, Kenton Parham at 630-9787. The NEMO Emergency Hotline is 936.

NEMO also encourages the public to play close attention to weather updates from the National Meteorological Service. More rain is expected along the coast and Northern areas of the country. Captains of small crafts are advised to take caution and all are advised to stay out of flood waters.


In San Pedro, Tune into Channel 20 on your TV or 92.3 FM on your radio for a weather update from NEMO and local authorities.


Belize Electricity Limited advises the public to take the necessary precautions while flooding affects several communities; and provides the following safety tips:
• If you are leaving your premises and suspect that there will be flooding, turn off the main circuit breaker and all appliances before you leave.
• Do not touch appliances, cords or electrical tools or plugs with wet hands or while standing on a wet surface. Do not put electrical tools, appliances or cords in water. Do not use power tools that were immersed in water.
• Turn off the main breaker if the water level threatens to rise near or above outlets and ensure that the entire premise is disconnected from any electrical source. Do not walk into any area of water that may be connected to an electrical source.
• Keep away from fallen power lines. Assume all wires on the ground are electrically charged. This includes cable TV feeds.
• Report fallen power lines to BEL immediately.
• Do not go to any of BEL’s power stations or substations.
In the event there is loss of power supply due to damages caused by flooding, the Company will dispatch crews to conduct power restoration works once it is safe to do so.
To report hazards or damages, call BEL toll free at: 0-800-BEL-CARE OR 0-800-235-2273

#508350 - 10/18/15 05:29 AM Re: Flooding news and photos [Re: Marty]  
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We drove around Corozal Town and noted the area most affected by the flooding is the core of the Chula Vista Area. Because the area sits in a concave, its is likely to flood easier than the rest of the town. Certainly some mitigation is required in this area, as we saw residents and their families standing knee deep in water. Their homes entirely flooded.

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Sarteneja/Chunox Road around 4:30 yesterday afternoon.

#508369 - 10/19/15 05:00 AM Re: Flooding news and photos [Re: Marty]  
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Flooding situation in Belize worsens

The area of low pressure moving away from Belize continues to cause heavy rainfall, particularly in Belize City, where the City Emergency Management Organization (CEMO) had to be activated during the night to assist 50 people from the Conch Shell Bay due to severe flooding.

According to the National Emergency Management Organization (NEMO) the residents were evacuated to the UB Building shelter at ITVET and are now safe.

There was also a fire on Supal Street Saturday night caused by an electrical wire which fell on a building, damaging part of the structure and causing several vehicles to go up in flames along with it.

Also on Saturday night, a house fell on Jasmine Street and unconfirmed reports indicate a six year-old child was injured. A family stranded on the Antelope Extension was rescued Sunday morning by the Belize National Coast Guard. The Belize Defense Force (BDF) has been deployed to assist CEMO in other areas of the City as required.

CEMO has urged the public to not drive around in low, small vehicles. Residents are asked to be very careful as they move about the City due to the amount of debris on the streets.

According to NEMO, there are no reports of flooding in other parts of the country at this time. In the coming days rain will continue according to the forecast and more flooding is anticipated. Residents along rivers, creeks, water ways and low-lying areas whose homes are likely to flood are cautioned to move to a high ground with family or to a community shelter. Farmers are advised to start making the necessary preparations for their livestock and crops. Drivers are asked to slow down and to put on their hazard lights when driving through rain.

Belize City Emergency Operations Center can be reached at 227-0056 and Councilor Phillip Willoughby can be reached at 630-979 or Wayne Usher at 610-3415. The NEMO Emergency Hotline is 936, other NEMO Emergency Coordinators can be reached as follows: Belize District, Calbert Budd at 602-8632 and Kevin Pollard at 621-2275; San Pedro, Timrose Augustine at 600-8672; Belmopan, Clare Moody at 630-9791; Cayo, Al Westby at 630-3224; Stann Creek, Victor Castillo at 630-9780; and Toledo, Kenton Parham at 630-9787.

The public is asked to continue pay close attention the National Meteorological Service weather reports and NEMO advisories. Prime Minister Dean Barrow has also called an emergency press conference for Sunday afternoon and The Reporter will have updates.

PM holds emergency press conference to update on flood situation

Prime Minister Dean Barrow held an emergency press conference on Sunday afternoon to update on the National Emergency Management Organization’s (NEMO) operations and to caution Belizeans to remain vigilant as flood conditions are expected to continue.

Chief Meteorologist Dennis Gonguez informed the public that Belize City, which has been the most impacted area, will see another six to eight inches of rain between Sunday night and Monday morning. For context, Belize has experienced about 10 inches of rain over the last 36 hours and has caused floods up to two-and-a-half-feet in some areas.

Schools at all levels have been canceled in Belize City and Barrow has encouraged all business people to stay updated with weather conditions and to communicate with employees accordingly but to make reasonable decisions. Several shelters have been opened in the City and more will be opened on a basis of necessity, NEMO Minister Godwin Hulse explained.

Maud Williams high-school has been activated as a shelter and so has Gwen Lizarraga, however, Gwen Liz will be closed because Belize Electricity Limited (BEL) had to cut electricity in that area due to safety hazards. Coast Guard personnel has also been having problems accessing the area.

Hulse also indicated that NEMO is facilitating the movement of people from the south to the north of the City. Eastern Division South Commander, Senior Superintendent Chester Williams and Eastern Division North Commander, Assistant Commissioner of Police Desiree Phillips have been coordinating, moving people from shelter to shelter.

While Belize City has suffered the brunt of the flooding, NEMO continues to monitor Orange Walk, Corozal, Stann Creek and Toledo for possible floods and is prepared in the event similar situations develop in those areas.

NEMO has also activated it warehouses in Belmopan and Ladyville to ensure that food supplies are transported to all opened shelters in the City.

Hulse has also called on businesses to not increase prices during this time and reminded that ‘price-gouging’ is illegal. He said that in areas likely to have power issues, generators have already been activated in nearby shelters. He also urged people in shelters to behave appropriately and follow the rule of law. He reminded, also, that the Ministry of Health has advised that no one should be playing in the water as it could cause health issues.

Over 100 people have been placed in shelters, as of the last headcount, Councilor Phillip Willoughby said. He added that some people have left, but CEMO is encouraging people to remain at the shelters until the all clear is given.

Barrow assured that a state of emergency has not yet been called and that the government would be doing everything in its power to assist the people most in need.

The Reporter

#508370 - 10/19/15 05:04 AM Re: Flooding news and photos [Re: Marty]  
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Incessant Rains Flood Belize City, More Rain Expected
Belize City has been the area most affected in the country as an area of low pressure passing over the region has been dumping large amounts of water in the area since Friday evening, October 16, 2015. Flooding has placed the city at a standstill with emergency management organizations working on evacuating affected residents. Ten inches of fallen rain has been reported in Belize City for the past 36 hours and six to eight more inches are expected to fall tonight, Sunday, October 18, 2015, with more rain expected well into Tuesday, October 20, and the weather to start clearing up by Wednesday. The Prime Minister of Belize Hon. Dean Barrow and the National Emergency Management Organization (NEMO) held a press conference today at 1:30p.m. to address some issues related to the bad weather affecting the region. Although there is extensive flooding in Belize City, NEMO has not declared a state of emergency or disaster in the city and the situation is being monitored as emergency management organizations are addressing the current situation.

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A VERY wet weekend on La Isla Bonita!

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Belize City is suffering from extreme flooding as a result of the weather system that has parked itself over Belize for the last several days. Just sharing more pictures i took as I moved around Belize City today. Thanks to my son William Anthony Reid for driving me around. Wish i could have helped everybody I met. Kudos to Anita Bell for agreeing to give an Interview live on KREM. Stay safe my people! God bless!

The Rain and Invest 92L Seems Relentless Right Now…All Over the Country of Belize
Take to social media and what you see is photos of rain…what seems like relentless rain over this weekend. A Tropical Depression that is called 92L and now to our west but followed by heavy showers and not-insignificant winds. Belize Hydromet – our local radar system shows this: The San Pedro Emergency Operations Committee (EOC) met at midday today, Sunday, October 18, 2015, to discuss the weather situation on the island. A tour of the island was conducted by NEMO personnel, other authorities and volunteers. The view from the balcony I am on shows HARD rain. But I am lucky to be in this spot…by the beach, a few feet above sea level. Because much of the coastline is not.

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The San Pedro Emergency Operations Committee (EOC) met for the second time since it was partially activated. At 7:20PM today, Sunday, October 18, 2015, the EOC was updated on the weather condition and the state of the islands of Ambergris Caye and Caye Caulker.

A tour of the island of Ambergris Caye was conducted by all members of the EOC.

Several areas of the island were observed to be inundated especially along the lagoon in the areas of San Mateo, Boca del Rio, San Juan, San Pedrito and San Pablo and in some areas of DFC. Some areas were observed to be inundated between seven to 12 inches high.

The EOC also observed sever beach erosion along the eastern beach coastline of the island.

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Thanks Dwayne Murillo for these images of Belize City

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Flooding in Belize City. Images courtesy of Dwayne Murillo

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This is how the bus terminal looked like in Belize City.

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houses inundated by water in low lying areas of Belize City

Corozal flooding video clips

Flooding in Belize, Corozal and Chetumal

This Low Development was unexpected in Central America. Belize, Guatemala, Chetumal, Mexico got the most rain and damage. Trees where knock down, cable strong winds blow away stuffs and even flood was called in. Well, in this video you can see the after math or during the low depression how bad it was. Well, enjoy this video I clip made by Jay Eiey.

Belize City Flooding

Belize City flooding on 10/18/2015.

Belize City Flood, October 18th 2015

Severe flooding in Belize City on October 18th, 2015. Severe damage to the city, some lives were lost or altered.

#508383 - 10/19/15 12:28 PM Re: Flooding news and photos [Re: Marty]  
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Photo of San Pedro this morning...

Classes canceled for all of San Pedro and Caye Caulker today - Because of the inundated areas and extreme levels of high tides and for health concerns, following the rain yesterday and last night, the San Pedro Emergency Operations Committee (EOC) has decided that there be no classes today Monday, October 19 for the entire island of San Pedro Town and Caye Caulker.

San Pedro Fairs Well Over Stormy Wet Weekend

It rained and rained and rained over the weekend, as an area of low pressured dumped over a foot of rainfall mostly over the northern part of Belize. Belize City was the area hit the hardest as extreme flooding called for emergency planning and action.

But despite all that rain, the situation in San Pedro, Ambergris Caye was mostly wet with no major flooding or emergency situations taking place. The San Pedro Town Council and the San Pedro Emergency Operations Committee (EOC) did report though, that a family of three individuals was evacuated from their home early Sunday morning and that they remain in a shelter. Boat owners had the difficult task of keeping their vessels afloat and properties remain waterlooged and/or flooded, but the cobblestone streets in downtown San Pedro drained quickly and made for ease of getting around.

Click here to read the rest of the article and see more photos in the Ambergris Today

#508406 - 10/20/15 06:19 AM Re: Flooding news and photos [Re: Marty]  
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Belize City recovers from unprecedented flooding

Belize City, Western Highway


An area of low pressure affected the northern portion of the country over the weekend primarily low laying areas of Belize City and along communities that are near the Mopan, Belize River and Rio Hondo. On Sunday, the incessant rains prompted the National Emergency Management Organization (NEMO) and the Government of Belize into action as they activated their emergency plans. The unexpected storm system damaged homes and business; caused traffic delays and crashes; created potholes and sinkholes; and felled trees. Despite the traffic headaches and damage, the much-needed rain was still a welcome sight for many. The rain blanketed Belize City, Orange Walk and Corozal Districts, and came down hard and fast for hours since Friday night. Today, officials were out in full force to assess the flood damages.

#508416 - 10/20/15 09:16 AM Re: Flooding news and photos [Re: Marty]  
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A Little Flooding on Ambergris Caye

... Belize City has taken the brunt of the storm. It's not over yet as rain is forecast for the next three days. After a six hour reprieve from the rain, the thunder and lightning suggests we could be in for quite a bit more rain. The cisterns and wells should now be brimming, after months of a very dry wet season.
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Ambergris Caye: A lot of beach washed out to sea

The local weather station shows 9" of rain since the 15th.
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#508420 - 10/20/15 11:09 AM Re: Flooding news and photos [Re: Marty]  
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From Belize City... Raining more, lots more

Heavy rainfall causes flooding across the country
Several areas in Belize remain under water, as a Tropical Depression has brought much rain to the southern Mexico and western Central American region. The inclement weather has been battering the northern region of Belize as of late Friday, October 16th, leaving severe flooding in its wake. The National Emergency Management Organization (NEMO) has since been mobilized and is assisting those most affected. As Tropical Depression 2 moves out of the region, meteorologists expect that its low pressure will gradually become better organized and will evolve into the next named tropical storm by Thursday, October 22nd. Here in San Pedro, the weather primarily affected the San Mateo, Boca del Rio, San Juan, San Pedrito, San Pablo and DFC area. According to the San Pedro Emergency Operations Committee (EOC) a family of three were evacuated from the San Mateo Area and sheltered at the San Pedro High School (SPHS) until the water receded from their home.The SPHS was opened as the designated flood shelter for all individuals seeking refuge. In an effort to scope out the situation on the island, NEMO personnel along with the San Pedro Town Council and volunteers conducted several tours across the island to identify possible residents in need of help. The EOC also observed severe beach erosion along the eastern beach coastline of the island.

Today's forecast on La Isla Bonita.

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