NEMO Flood Advisory #1
FLOODING IN SOUTHERN BELIZE SUNDAY, 2ND JULY 2017, as at 12:00 MD
The National Emergency Management Organization (NEMO) hereby informs that the National Meteorological Service have issued a flood warning for the Toledo District due to flooding as a result of heavy rainfall over the last 36 to 48 hours over southern Belize. Rainfall is expected to continue through the day and tonight. It is raining over the Maya Mountains, so communities prone to flash flooding in the Stann Creek District must be on the alert.
The concerns remain as localized flooding of low-lying communities and flash floods near rivers and streams especially in the south. AREAS OF CONCERN in Stann Creek are the North Stann Creek and South Stann Rivers including Kendal. In Toledo it is the Moho and Temash Rivers which are at flood stage. So far eight (8) families had to relocate to their relatives due flood waters in Crique Sarco. In Santa Ana the water is level with the bank, safety-wise no one affected. In Blue Creek and Aguacate the water is six (6) feet above normal, no families directly affected. In Jordan the water is level with the road and in Jacintoville water is about four (4) feet high in the area of Jacintoville, no traffic moving.
- People in central, coastal and southern Belize are advised to make the necessary arrangements to protect life and property. If you are at risk to flooding be prepared to move to higher grounds before nightfall, with family or friends or to a community shelter and check on family members and neighbours who might be in need of assistance.
- Review your family emergency plan. Keep handy, a first aid kit, basic tools, lanterns, batteries, flashlights, and non-perishable foods. Keep an extra supply of medication. Do not wait until itís too late to take action. Saving your life and property are first and foremost your responsibility.
- All motorist are asked to drive with extreme care and to put on your low beam and hazard signal to avoid accidents due to slippery road conditions.
- The North Stann Creek has begun flooding and is four feet (4ft) above normal at Miles 20 on the Stann Creek Valley Road. Stann Creek Command Center is on standby and has already issued a flood watch to Sarawee and Hope Creek.
NEMO emergency coordinators can be reached as follows:
i. Corozal, Mr. Williard Levy at 623 0237;
ii. Orange Walk, Ms. Suliema Celiz at 605 5046, or Mr. Aragon at 636 6094;
iii. Belize District, Mr. Lionel Tillett at 6154834 and Mr. Kevin Pollard at 621 2275;
iv. San Pedro, Ms. Vanessa Parham at 632 3698;
v. Belize City, Ms. Timrose Augustine at 600 8672; and Belize City Council Liaison Officer to NEMO, Councillor Willoughby at 6309793
vi. Belmopan, Ms. Clare Moody at 630 9791;
vii. Cayo, Mr. Al Westby at 630 3224 or Mr. Johnny Ramclam at 625 2526;
viii. Stann Creek, Mr. Keith Emmanuel at 615 9711; and
ix. Toledo, Mr. Kenton Parham at 630 9787.
x. The NEMO Emergency Hotline is 936.
You can also get updates at hydromet.gov.bz and nemo.org.bz The Toledo District Command Centre has been activated since this morning.
The public is asked to continue to pay close attention only to the official reports and advisories. Do not listen to rumours. Stay alert.