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The Atlantic Hurricane Season is upon us and Belize has gone from seeing drought across the country to incessant rains and flooding in certain areas. This weekend alone, several inches of rainfall fell causing floods and damages to homes. According to the Deputy Chief Meteorologist at the National Meteorological Service, Ronald Gordon, residents particularly in the west were most affected. He stated that these areas are the ones usually prone to flooding.

Ronald Gordon, Deputy Chief Meteorologist: We got reports of flooding primarily in the Belmopan area at first also along the George Price Highway, those were the main locations where we had flooding reported this weekend. We were monitoring a system that developed in the Eastern Pacfic. From early last week models were indicating the possibility of the formation of a system and the eventually formed around Saturday at 3pm it was officially declared as a tropical depression actually the number two tropical depression of the Pacific season. Later on early Sunday morning that system strengthened to tropical storm Amanda and eventually crossed over El Salvador and Guatemala. It eventually dissipated over the mountains of Guatemala but that system was responsible for bringing up a lot of moisture into our area that lead to the heavy rains and flooding. The system currently is drifting over Yucatan and will eventually emerge into the Bay of Campeche where the National Hurricane Center gives it a 90% chance of redeveloping into a new tropical depression because once it crosses basins it gets a new name. While that system lingers in our general area it will continue to bring up a lot of moisture from the Pacific and therefore we expect the heavy rainfalls to continue especially during the night.”

Cayo Correspondent Fem Cruz was monitoring the situation over the weekend and spoke with Belmopan’s Mayor on the response measures.

The Atlantic Hurricane Season is from June 1 thru to November 30.

NEMO responds to flooding

With the major flooding that took place in the west and in parts of the Belize District, the National Emergency Management Organization (NEMO), sprang into action on Saturday. According to NEMO’s Minister, Edmund Castro, there was no major loss of property and no loss of human life. There was, however, the need to get persons to higher ground and to aid in their evacuation.

Edmond Castro, Minister of Transport and NEMO: “We also have in the Cotton Tree area whereby some people had to be moved and monitored by NEMO in the St.Matthew’s area we had to evacuate about eight persons or approximately five families and place them in the shelter there at the school at St.Matthews. They are still there at the school however we are hoping that with the rapid off run of the water that they would be able to go home sometime maybe later on this evening depends on the situation or sometime tomorrow. Also in the Mahogany Heights and La Democracia area we experienced some massive flooding in those communities but in none of the areas mentioned earlier people had to move only in the St.Matthews area so we are monitoring this situation. Also the volume of water that was out in parts of Guatemala some of that water will find itself down the Belize River so also again we have to continue over the next seventy two hours monitor the flow of the water. Yesterday we found about three spots on the causeway in Crooked Tree that was under stress so we had Ministry of Works out there today working to repair the areas there on the causeway in Crooked Tree because a part of the causeway wanted to give way and stretched to the capacity we might see some problems there from the volume of water. This morning we have a culvert by the Sebastian Bridge area in the outside of Burrell Boom going out to Maskall and Halfmoon we have a situation there that perhaps it’s a culvert that was burnt out and the volume of water going through that part of the road was about to collapse so we also have the Ministry of Works along with NEMO working on coordinating to deal with that situation out there today.”

According to Castro, they are not expecting more flooding over the next few days, but they are ready in the event that it occurs.

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10 Inches of Rainfall – More to Come Says the MET!

As you heard in that story, more than twenty people are now in a shelter in Saint Matthew’s Village where they experienced flash floods over the weekend. But what exactly caused the heavy rains? The National Met Service says that early last week, there were indications that a low pressure system could develop in the eastern pacific moving northward.  Well that brought some rains, as many as ten inches, and according to the Deputy Chief Met, there may be more rains coming in the next few days.

Ronald Gordon, Deputy Chief Met, National Met Service

“We at the national met service were closely monitoring that system. Eventually it developed on Saturday and it was declared tropical depression number two by the national hurricane center of the eastern pacific. That system became tropical storm Amanda, later on early Sunday and eventually moved into Guatemala and dissipated over the mountainous terrain of that country. That system was responsible for drawing up a lot of moisture from the pacific into our area creating a lot of heavy rain fall that led to the flooding over the country.”

Andrea Polanco

“Do we know what level of rainfall we saw over the country this weekend?”

Ronald Gordon

“We have reports of upwards of ten inches of rainfall falling in Belmopan and also in the north western portions of the country; our station at Rio Bravo also recorded over ten inches of rain fall over the weekend.”

Andrea Polanco

“But this is nothing abnormal, considering the times that we are in?”

Ronald Gordon

“It is a lot of rainfall for a very short period of time, so I wouldn’t say it is normal; it is actually above average rainfall for two days. So, it is above average rainfall. But, yes , we are approaching the hurricane season and typically we have that type of large circulation developing in the pacific that tends to bring more moisture in our area.  Yes we do expect more rain to come. The system that was tropical storm Amanda has actually moved up towards Yucatan as a remnant low pressure area and it is forecast to emerge into the bay of Campeche later today or tonight and there is a high chance that the system could redevelop into another tropical depression. If it does and it becomes a storm once more, it will become a new name storm because it has crossed basin. But this system as it lingers over the area will continue to draw moisture from the pacific area and we are expecting heavy rainfalls especially at night time, especially over northern and central parts of the country for the next few nights.”

Andrea Polanco

“And that heavy rainfall will be concentrated where – more north or the entire country?”

Ronald Gordon

“Mostly north and central areas, however, we could have rainfall anywhere but the bulk of the rainfall is forecasted for the northern and central parts of the country and for that reason we maintain our flood alert for the entire country but especially for residents along rivers and streams who reside in those areas and also in low-lying and flood prone areas of the country.”

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FLOOD REPORT AND FORECAST
Tuesday June 2, 2020

River Conditions

REGION 7: The Blue Creek Sub catchment of the RIO HONDO is flooded, flood levels have exceeded the historical levels recorded for Hurricane Mitch.

The NEW RIVER is continues to rise slowly but remains below the banks.

REGION 9: On the MACAL RIVER, reservoir levels remain below the spillways at Chalillo, Mollejon and Vaca facilities. At San Ignacio, levels remains below the low level bridge but is gradually rising. The MOPAN RIVER at Benque Viejo Town has exceeded its banks and continues to rise. On the BELIZE RIVER, river levels at Banana Bank has crest at a high of 3.89 and is falling. The CROOKED TREE LAGOON is below the causeway and rising. At Double Run, levels are steadily rising. On the HAULOVER CREEK near Chetumal Street Bridge, levels are normal and steady. On the BURDON CANAL normal and steady levels exists.

REGION 11: The SIBUN RIVER near Freetown Sibun is in flooded and has exceeded its banks. On the Coastal Road the bridge near La Democracia, is impassable of due to flood waters. Levels are steady on the SOUTHERN LAGOON near Gales Point Village. The SITTEE RIVER at Kendal Bridge is steady. The RIO GRANDE is normal steady.

REGION 13: The TEMASH RIVER near Crique Sarco is steady. FLOOD FORECAST -24 HOURS

REGION 7 - The Rio Hondo is expected to continue to rise at Blue Creek and downstream at San Roman, Santa Cruz and Douglas. The New River is expected to increase slowly.

REGION 9 - The Mopan will continue to increase slowly. The Macal will continue increase gradually Banana Bank flood levels continue to falling becoming steady later today. On Lower Belize River, lagoon levels will continue to rise at Crooked Tree. Double Run will approach bankfull stage.

Region 11 - Sibun River will continue to rise at Democracia and Freetown
REGION 13 - Normal levels are espected.


Heavy Rains Result in Flash Floods!

Heavy rains over the weekend resulted in flash floods in a number of countries where deaths were recorded in El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras. According to the National Met Service, Belize experienced upwards of ten inches of rainfall as a result of a low pressure system that passed over the country. The heavy downpour on Friday night caused flooding in Mahogany Heights, Saint Matthew’s Village and other areas with flood waters covering portions of the George Price Highway. Tonight, those flood waters have displaced thirteen adults and thirteen children who are now in a shelter in Saint Matthew’s village. On Saturday, residents reported that they experienced ten hours of heavy rains on Friday night which washed away crops, chickens and other belongings. Here’s the story.

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TS Cristobal Causing Rains

For the last 4 days, thunderstorms and heavy rains have dominated the weather all across Belize. The heavy conditions started on Saturday, and were as a direct result of a tropical weather disturbance that began affecting Belize and other Central American nations.

This bad weather actually pre-empted the start of this year's hurricane season, and now, it has developed into one of the first-named tropical storms of the season.

It is now known as Tropical Storm Cristobal, and at this time, it is meandering in the Bay of Campeche, where it will stay for a few more days. Additional heavy rainfall is expected to occur in parts of southern Mexico, Guatemala, El Salvador, Belize, and Honduras. That means that those heavy downpours you've been experiencing all over the country may continue well into this coming weekend.

This afternoon, we got a chance to speak briefly with the Deputy Chief Meteorologist about Tropical Storm Cristobal:

Ronald Gordon - Deputy Chief Meteorologist
"The latest on that system is that it has emerged into the Bay of Campeche. It was officially declared as Tropical Depression #3 yesterday. And now, it has been upgraded to Tropical Storm Cristobal."

"Currently, Tropical Storm Cristobal is a weak tropical storm with winds of 40 miles per hour. The system is expected to meander in that general area for the next few days. And given its current position, it will continue to draw moisture from the Pacific into our area, resulting in downpours of showers and thunderstorms, especially at night time, for the next few days."

"It will continue to produce a lot of rainfall across the country. However, going into the weekend, the official forecast is suggesting that the system will start to move northward away from the Bay of Campeche. And as it does so, a drier south-easterly airflow will develop going into the weekend. So, we're looking at around Saturday/Sunday for improving conditions."

"Heaviest Activity is forecasted for the northern parts of the country, the Orange Walk, Corozal, and Belize Districts. Whereas the south could get some rainfall as well, but it should be lighter than up in those areas I described."

"Flooding is certainly a concern, and for that reason, we have maintained a flood alert on our website, and we also broadcast that on our forecast on the radio that is updated 6 hours. Especially areas that have been affected already, that is already saturated with water, those could get flooding, but we're also alerting residents along rivers and streams, and those in low-lying areas, to be on the lookout for flooding."

"On the high side, I can report that Belmopan and other portions of the west and northwest parts of the country received up to 10 inches of rainfall between Saturday and Sunday. Fortunately for us, the rainfall that fell today and yesterday affected areas. So, the Belize City area got rainfall yesterday morning, and again this morning, amounting to about 5 to 6 inches of rainfall."

A report from the National Hydrological Service says that the Blue Creek Sub-catchment of the Rio Hondo is flooded. Flood levels have exceeded the historical levels recorded for Hurricane Mitch. The New River continues to rise slowly but remains below the banks. On the Macal river, reservoir levels remain below spillways at the Chalilo, Mollejon, and Vaca facilities. The Mopan River in Benque Viejo Town has exceeded its banks and continues to rise. The Sibun River near Freetown Sibun is flooded and has exceeded its banks. On the Coastal Road, the bridge near La Democracia was impassable due to floodwaters.

The National Met Service is imploring Belizeans to keep a close watch on this hurricane season, which started yesterday. Once again, regional forecasters believe this season will be more active than normal, and that as many as 19 named storms could develop between now and November 30th.

Here's the Deputy Met Officer on that topic:

Ronald Gordon - Deputy Chief Meteorologist
"The consensus among most of the agencies that produce seasonal hurricane outlooks is for above normal. The one that we look at a lot is the National Oceanographic Atmospheric Administration from the US, and they're going for 13-19 named storms for this season. An average season is 12. So, they're going for 13-19. Of those, they forecast 6-10 to become hurricanes, and 3-6 could be major hurricanes, category 3 and higher."

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National Hydrological Service Flood Forecast - June 3, 2020

River Conditions

REGION 7 - The Blue Creek Sub catchment of the RIO HONDO is flooded: flood levels have crest at 1.69 metres above the level historically recorded for Hurricane Mitch. The NEW RIVER at Caledonia continues to rise slowly and is now at bank full stage.

REGION 9 - On the MACAL RIVER, reservoir levels remain below the spillways at Chalk). Mollejon and Vaca facilities. At San Ignacio, levels remains below the low level bridge but is gradually rising. The MOPAN RIVER at Benque Viejo Town is above normal and steady. On the BELIZE RIVE, levels at Banana Bank continue to fall. The CROOKED TREE LAGOON is below the causeway and rising steadily. At Double Run, levels are steadily rising. On the HAULOVER CREEK near Chetumal Street Bridge and Burdon Canal levels are normal and steady.

REGION 11 - The SIBUN RIVER near Freetown Sibun is in flooded and continues to rise. Near Tiger Sandy Bay and Monkey Bay levels are above normal and receding. At Gracie Rock levels are above its banks and rising slowly Levels are steady on the SOUTHERN LAGOON near Gales Point Village. The SITTEE RIVER at Kendal Bridge is steady. The RIO GRANDE is normal steady. The MOHO RIVER at Jordan is above normal and falling.

REGION 13 - The TEMASH RIVER near Crique Sarco is above normal steady.

FLOOD FORECAST -24 HOURS

REGION 7 - The Rio Hondo is expected to continue to fall slowly at Blue Creek and will continue to rise downstream at San Roman. Santa Cruz and Douglas. The New River is expected to continue to increase slowly.

REGION 9 - The Mopan will remain at normal levels. The Macal will remain below the low level bridge and become steady. At Banana Bank levels will continue to fall. On Lower Belize River, lagoon levels will continue to rise at Crooked Tree. Double Run will approach bankfull stage.

Region 11 - Sibun River will continue to rise at Freetown Sibun becoming steady later today.

REGION 13 - Above Normal levels are expected.

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The rains caused by this weather system last weekend has caused the sugar industry to go on a temporary pause due to excess mud being delivered with the cane. And, that was done back when it wasn't even strong enough or organized enough to become a named storm.

Well, it has now developed into a tropical storm with maximum sustained winds of 60 miles per hour. That was this morning's readings from hurricane experts. It is now moving at a crawl over Mexico, and the rains from this system will affect that country, as well as Belize and other neighboring Central American nations. It is forecasted that the storm could become a threat to the US Gulf Coast. It continues to drift southeastward at less than 5 miles per hour. Experts in Belize are forecasting that bad weather caused by the system will affect the northern districts at least into the upcoming weekend.

The National Hydrological Service within the Ministry of Natural Resources put out an updated flood forecast for today.

The Blue Creek sub-catchment of the Rio Hondo is flooded, and flood levels have reached 1.69 meters above the level historically recorded for Hurricane Mitch. The New River at Caledonia continues to rise slowly, and it is now at the bank-full stage. On the Macal River, reservoir levels remain below the spillways at the Chalillo, Mollejon, and Vaca Facilities. In San Ignacio, water levels remain below the low-lying bridge, but they are rising.

On the Belize River, levels at Banana Bank continue to fall. The Crooked Tree Lagoon is below the causeway and steadily rising. At Double Run, levels are also steadily rising. The Sibun River near Freetown Sibun is flooded and continues to rise.

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Grains and Sugarcane Fields Flooded in the West!

Many crops are under water due to recent flooding to Tropical Storm Cristobal that formed in the Bay of Campeche. Locally crops and grains are being affected in the west and as you heard earlier, the sugar industry in the north is also being impacted. Gilbert Canton Junior says the rains delayed planting of grains but damage to standing crops was not extensive.

Gilbert Canton Jr., G.M., Valley of Peace Farms Limited
“It was very significant rains. We got fourteen point inches on this farm. It has definitely halted the harvesting on the side of the sugar cane and on the grain side it has made it so that we have to wait a little while in order to plant our grains. And so we got to do some field repairs and road repairs. But overall this was a very much needed rain. As you know there’s been a drought for the past couple years and even though we’ve had to do some repairs and delay our planting, we are happy with the rain.”

Andrea Polanco
“Now, it has caused delays but how does that ultimately impact your production in terms of getting out what you produce?”

Gilbert Canton Jr.
“It’s a good point because there is a very tight cycles so we have to get our crop in in June in order to harvest it October and November and then get another crop in November –December. So, it could have an effect. It is hard to say just yet how significant that effect will be because if we dry up right now then we will have great planting conditions because then our water tables will all be filled up and then we will plant and we will have great conditions if we get some sun right now. The rains continue for too long it can lock us out and cause some issues further down the road.”

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Some Rivers Still Rising

All this week, we've been telling you about Tropical Storm Cristobal, and the high volume of rain that it dumped on Belize. Well, the National Hydrological Service from within the Ministry of Natural Resources has another flood report and forecast on the country's rivers.

The Rio Bravo and the Blue Creek Sub catchment of the Rio Hondo, which recently swelled to flood levels above those recorded during Hurricane Mitch, is still well above the flood stage. Levels at San Antonio, San Roman, Santa Cruz, and Douglas are rising steadily. The New River at Caledonia has exceeded its banks and continues to rise.

In the west, reservoir levels remain below the spillways at the Chalillo, Mollejon, and Vaca facilities. In San Ignacio, levels remain below the low-lying bridge, but the water is gradually rising. The Mopan River in Benque Viejo Town is above normal, but it appears to be going down.

The Sibun River near Freetown Sibun is flooded and continues to rise.

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National Hydrological Service Flood Forecast - June 4, 2020

CITIZENS ARE ADVISED TO AVOID FLOODED RIVERS AND MOTORISTS SHOULD
AVOID CROSSING FLOODED BRIDGES. ROADS AND HIGHWAYS

River Conditions

REGION 7 - The Rio Bravo and Blue Creek Sub catchment of the RIO HONDO remains well above flood stage; Levels at SAN ANTONIO, SAN ROMAN and SANTA CRUZ and DOUGLAS are rising steadily. The NEW RIVER at Caledonia has exceeded its banks and continues to rise.

REGION 9- On the MACAL PJVER, reservoir levels remain below the spillways at Chatillo, Mollejon and Vaca facilities. At San Ignacio, levels remain below the low-level bridge but is gradually rising. The MOPAN RIVER at Bengue Viejo Town is above normal and declining. On the BELIZE RIVER, levels at Banana Bank continue to fall. The CROOKED TREE LAGOON is below the causeway and rising steadily. At Double Run, levels are above normal and rising.

REGION 11 - The SIBUN RIVER near Freetown Sibun is flooded and continues to rise. Levels are steady on the SOUTHERN LAGOON near Gales Point Village. The RIO GRANDE is normal steady. The MOHO RIVER at Jordan is above normal and falling.

The Next Flood Report and Forecast will be issued on Friday June 5, 2020 at 12 noon

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National Hydrological Service Flood Report & Forecast - June 5, 2020

Citizens are advised that flooding is occurring on the RIO HONDO and the SIBUN RIVERS. Residents are advised to avoid flooded rivers and streams and motorists should avoid crossing flooded bridges, Roads, and Highways as Floods may become severe

River Conditions

REGION 7 - The Blue Creek Sub catchment of the RIO HONDO remains above the historically recorded Hurricane Mitch Level, and is rising again due to rains occurring over the Rio Hondo catchment; Levels at. Santa Cruz, Douglas, San Antonio, and San Roman, continues to rise. The NEW RIVER at Caledonia continues to rise steadily.

REGION 9 - On the MACAL RIVER, reservoir levels remain below the spillways at Chalillo. Mollejon and Vaca facilities. At San Ignacio, levels remains below the low level bridge. The MOPAN RIVER at Benque Viejo Town is normal and steady. On the BELIZE RIVER, levels at Banana Bank and Double Run are above normal and continue to fall. The CROOKED TREE LAGOON is below the causeway and rising steadily.

REGION 11 - The SIBUN RIVER near Freetown Sibun is flooded and receding. Levels are normal and steady on the SOUTHERN LAGOON near Gales Point Village. The SITTEE RIVER at Kendal Bridge is normal and steady. The RIO GRANDE at Big Falls and San Pedro Columbia is normal steady. The MOHO RIVER at Jordan is above normal and falling.

REGION 13 - The TEMASH RIVER near Crique Sarco is above normal steady.

FLOOD FORECAST - 24 HOURS

REGION 7 - The Rio Hondo is expected to become steady at Blue Creek and will continue to rise downstream at Santa Cruz, Douglas, San Antonio, and San Roman. The NEW RIVER at Caledonia is expected to continue to rise steadily.

REGION 9 - The Mopan River will remain at normal levels. The Macal River will remain below the low level bridge. At Banana Bank levels will continue to fall. On Lower Belize River. lagoon levels will continue to rise at Crooked Tree. At Double Run levels will continue to fall.

Region 11 — The Sibun River is expected to continue to fall at Freetown Sibun.

REGION 13 - Above Normal levels are expected are expected on the Temash River.

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National Hydrological Service Flood Forecast - June 6, 2020

CITIZENS ARE ADVISED THAT FLOODING IS OCCURRING ON THE RIO HONDO. Residents are advised to avoid flooded rivers and streams and motorists should avoid crossing flooded Bridges, Roads and Highways as Floods may become severe

General Situation: ATMOSPHERE BECOMING LESS MOIST AND UNSTABLE...

24-Hour Forecast: CLOUDY SPELLS TODAY AND TONIGHT WITH ISOLATED SHOWERS OR THUNDERSTORMS.

River Conditions

REGION 7 - The Blue Creek Sub catchment of the RIO HONDO remains above the historically recorded Hurricane Mitch Level, and continues to rise; Levels at, Santa Cruz, San Antonio, San Roman, and Douglas continues to rise. The NEW RIVER at Caledonia continues to rise steadily.

REGION 9 - On the MACAL RIVER, reservoir levels remain below the spillways at Chalillo, Mollejon and Vaca facilities. At San Ignacio, levels are below the low-level bridge. The MOPAN RIVER at Benque Viejo Town is normal and steady. On the BELIZE RIVER, levels at Banana Bank and Double Run are above normal and continue to fall. The CROOKED TREE LAGOON is below the causeway and rising steadily.

REGION 11 - The SIBUN RIVER near Freetown Sibun is above normal and falling. Levels are normal and steady on the SOUTHERN LAGOON near Gales Point Village. The SITTEE RIVER at Kendal Bridge is normal and steady. The RIO GRANDE at Big Falls and San Pedro Columbia is normal steady. The MOHO RIVER at Jordan is normal and steady.

REGION 13 - The TEMASH RIVER near Crique Sarco is normal and steady.

FLOOD FORECAST - 24 HOURS

REGION 7 - The Rio Hondo is expected to become steady at Blue Creek and will continue to rise downstream at Santa Cruz, San Antonio, San Roman, and Douglas. The NEW RIVER at Caledonia is expected to continue to rise steadily.

REGION 9 - The Mopan River will remain at normal levels. The Macal River will remain below the low-level bridge at San Ignacio. At Banana Bank normal and steady levels are expected. On the Lower Belize River, lagoon levels will continue to rise on the Crooked Tree. At Double Run normal and steady levels are expected.

Region 11- The Sibun River is expected to continue to fall at Freetown Sibun.

REGION 13 - Above Normal and steady levels are expected on the Temash River.

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CITIZENS ARE ADVISED THAT FLOODING IS OCCURRING ON THE RIO HONDO. Residents are advised to avoid flooded rivers and streams and motorists should avoid crossing flooded Bridges, Roads and Highways as Floods may become severe.

General Situation

MAINLY FAIR AND WARM WEATHF.R CONDITIONS PREVAIL OVER THE COUNTRY...

24-Hour Forecast

MOSTLY SUNNY TODAY AND PARTLY CLOUDY TONIGHT. SHOWERS. IF ANY. WILL BE ISOLATED ALONG WITH THE CHANCE OF AN ISOLATED DEVELOPING INLAND THIS AFTERNOON ANDOVER THE SOUTH TONIGHT.

River Conditions

REGION 7 - The Blue Creek Sub catchment of the RIO HONDO remains above the historically recorded Hurricane Mitch Level, and receding slowly; Levels at: Santa Cruz, San Antonio, San Roman, and Douglas continue to rise. The NEW RIVER at Caledonia continues to rise steadily.

REGION 9 - On the MACAL RIVER, reservoir levels remain below the spillways at Chalillo, Mollejon and Vaca facilities. At San Ignacio, levels are below the low-level bridge. The MOPAN RIVER at Benque Viejo Town is normal and steady. On the BELIZE RIVER, levels at Banana Bank and Double Run are normal and steady. The CROOKED TREE LAGOON is below the causeway and rising slowly.

REGION 11 - The SIBUN RIVER near Freetown Sibun is above normal and steady. Levels are normal and steady on the SOUTHERN LAGOON near Gales Point Village. The SITTEE RIVER at Kendal Bridge is normal and steady. The RIO GRANDE at Big Falls and San Pedro Columbia is normal and steady. The MOHO RIVER at Jordan is normal and steady.

REGION 13 - The TEMASH RIVER near Crique Sarco is normal and steady.

FLOOD FORECAST - 24 HOURS

REGION 7 - The Rio Hondo is expected to continue to fall at Blue Creek and will continue to rise downstream at Santa Cruz, San Antonio, San Roman, and Douglas. The NEW RIVER at Caledonia is expected to continue to rise steadily.

REGION 9 - Normal and steady levels expected on the Mopan and Macal Rivers. On the Lower Belize River, levels will continue to rise on the Crooked Tree Lagoon. At Double Run normal and steady levels are expected.

Region 11- Normal and steady levels are expected on the Sibun River.

REGION 13 - Normal and steady levels are expected on the Temash River.

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FLOOD REPORT AND FORECAST
Tuesday June 9, 2020 12 noon

CITIZENS ARE ADVISED THAT FLOODING IS OCCURRING ON THE RIO HONDO.
Communities within the Albion Island areas, Douglas and downstream to the coast will continue to remain under FLOOD Warning.


General Situation
FAIR AND VERY WARM WEATHER WILL PREVAIL TODAY...

24-Hour Forecast
MOSTLY SUNNY TODAY AND PARTLY CLOUDY TONIGHT. SHOWERS OR THUNDERSTORMS WILL BE ISOLATED AND OCCURRING INLAND, IF ANY.

River Conditions

REGION 7 - The Blue Creek Sub catchment of the RIO HONDO remains above the historically recorded Hurricane Mitch Level, and receding slowly; Levels at: Santa Cruz, San Antonio, San Roman, and Douglas continue to rise. The NEW RIVER at Caledonia continues to fall slowly.

REGION 9 - On the MACAL RIVER, reservoir levels remain below the spillways at Chalillo, Mollejon and Vaca facilities. At San Ignacio, levels are below the low-level bridge. The MOPAN RIVER at Benque Viejo Town is normal and steady. On the BELIZE RIVER, levels at Banana Bank and Double Run are normal and steady. The CROOKED TREE LAGOON is below the causeway becoming steady.

REGION 11 - The SIBUN RIVER near Freetown Sibun is above normal becoming steady. Levels are normal and steady on the SOUTHERN LAGOON near Gales Point Village. The SITTEE RIVER at Kendal Bridge is normal and steady. The RIO GRANDE at Big Falls and San Pedro Columbia is normal and steady. The MOHO RIVER at Jordan is normal and steady.

REGION 13 - The TEMASH RIVER near Crique Sarco is normal and steady.

FLOOD FORECAST - 24 HOURS

REGION 7 - The Rio Hondo remains under Flood Warning; the river is expected to continue to fall at Blue Creek and will continue to rise downstream at Santa Cruz, San Antonio, San Roman, and Douglas. The NEW RIVER at Caledonia is expected to fall to near bankfull stage.

REGION 9 - Normal and steady levels is expected on the Mopan and Macal Rivers. On the Lower Belize River, levels will continue to rise on the Crooked Tree Lagoon. At Double Run normal and steady levels are expected.

Region 11 - Normal and steady levels are expected on the Sibun River.

REGION 13 - Normal and steady levels are expected on the Temash River.

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Rising Northern Waters Force Families to Shelters

In the north, residents are being forced, by rising flood waters, to flee their homes. Tonight, many have been put up in shelters, some of them on higher ground and some of them in other villages all together.

This evening we spoke via phone to NEMO district coordinator Elodio Aragon Sr. He gave us a glimpse into the devastation that's been caused up north and the lengths his team has had to go to to ensure the safety of all those affected.

Voice of: Elodio Aragon Sr., NEMO District Coordinator, Orange Walk
"Here in the north we are experiencing flooding, yes, we have, actually, we have 5 areas that have created problems in the sense that they are being overflowed with water. We have Trial Farm Village, it has a lot of water, We have Douglas."

"Well Douglas is the biggest problem we have. Right now it is being overrun with the water we have taken out over 20 people, 20 families have come out from there already, we have had to house them, find where to put them in shelters. We have Santa Cruz , Santa Cruz is right next to the Rio Hondo and it has a problem because again it is being flooded. We have had to take out people to put in shelters. San Antonio is not that bad with the flooding except it's cut off from the main road they can't cross. The water on the road is about 5 feet right now, and therefore the villagers cannot come out, we have to put boats there. This morning at 5 we started putting boats to ferry out the people, we have done that in San Antonio and we have done that in San Roman."

"Well tremendous, tremendous losses, tremendous losses, some of them lose all their crops that they have, their houses are damaged, their sceptics for example in Douglas not a sceptic would be good it would be over flooded. That is why the moment it begins to be over flooded the entire village we have to take out everybody because it floods. It gets into their sceptic thanks and you know it's unhealthy for them. Douglas is the main village that suffers a tremendous loss. Others would lose their crops their, you know, cane fields and things like that. So no it's a tremendous loss here fortunately it's not a loss for the entire district of Orange Walk it's only like I would say just 5 or six villages the rest can manage."


At this hour water levels in the villages mentioned continue to rise; many who have escaped were only able to do so by dorey's or other small boats. Footage for this story was courtesy of CTV3.



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Flooding in the North!

Since last week, floods have been recorded in several villages in the north. Today, flood waters are still high in several communities, including Douglas and San Roman. The communities have been mobilizing to get people to higher ground since these villages are along the rising Rio Hondo River. So far, almost seventy-five families from various communities have had to evacuate their homes. Today, we spoke with President of the National Village Council Association, Javier Sabido, who has been assisting with mobilization on the ground. Here’s more on what’s happening in the north.

On the Phone: Javier Sabido, President, NAVCO


“By that time it was already about two inches in approximately about six hours and it was affecting a lot of families especially those that live near the river bank. The families have been evacuated and they have been evacuated to San Juan Village RC School and also to San Pablo Government School. Last night I went to visit there because a family called us that they needed assistance to evacuate and when we went there we saw that they already had water in their back yards. Approximately fifty families have evacuated the village, in total. And I understand that we have eleven families in San Juan RC School; sixteen families in San Pablo Government School and I understand that today the San Jose Government School is being open to accommodate other families. We have other families who went to stay with other families in other villages and others have rented houses in San Pablo, San Jose, and San Juan. We had a meeting with NEMO and the chairpersons and the authorities and this was one of the factors brought up and we will make sure that all these protocols of proper hygiene are being implemented, especially socially distancing and wearing of the masks. So, when we are opening shelters we are very careful to see how many members of a family would be there and inviting them to practice social distancing, wearing the masks and washing of hands. During my visit in San Roman, the situation was quiet different. My councilors and I went there travelling in our vehicle and we were not able to cross the road to San Roman. We encountered about a mile and a half is under water, which is close to the riverbank. So, all that water came out and affected all that area before reaching San Roman village. So, we had to hire an army truck so that we can get access to the village so that I could talk to the vice chairman there. Presently, during the weekend, there were no families affected by flooding yet but if the water continues to rise, I understand those people living by the riverbank will be evacuated shortly. There is no access for small vehicles.”

Douglas Village Chairman Jair Osorio is pleading to government for some assistance. In a Facebook post, he noted that people in shelters for the past four days are now out of food supplies, water and other essential goods. He says that they also need fuel to evacuate more people. If you can assist, you can reach Osorio at 672-0669.

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FLOOD REPORT AND FORECAST

Wednesday June 10, 2020 12 noon

CITIZENS ARE ADVISED THAT FLOODING IS OCCURRING ON THE RIO HONDO. Communities within the Albion Island areas, Douglas and downstream to the coast will continue to remain under FLOOD Warning.

River Conditions

REGION 7 - The Blue Creek Sub catchment of the RIO HONDO remains above the historically recorded Hurricane Mitch Level, and receding slowly; Levels at: Santa Cruz, San Antonio, San Roman, and Douglas continue to rise. The NEW RIVER at Caledonia is above normal and continues to fall slowly.

REGION 9 - On the MACAL RIVER, reservoir levels remains below the spillways at Chalillo, Mollejon and Vaca facilities. At San Ignacio, levels are below the low-level bridge. The MOPAN RIVER at Benque Viejo Town is normal and steady. On the BELIZE RIVER, levels at Banana Bank and Double Run are normal and steady. The CROOKED TREE LAGOON is below the causeway and slowly rising.

REGION 11 - The SIBUN RIVER near Freetown Sibun is above normal and falling slowly. Levels are normal and steady on the SOUTHERN LAGOON near Gales Point Village. The SITTEE RIVER at Kendal Bridge is normal and steady. The RIO GRANDE at Big Falls and San Pedro Columbia is normal and steady. The MOHO RIVER at Jordan is normal and steady.

REGION 13 - The TEMASH RIVER near Crique Sarco is normal and steady.

FLOOD FORECAST - 48 HOURS

REGION 7 - The RIO HONDO remains under Flood Warning; the river is expected to continue to fall at Blue Creek and will continue to rise downstream at Santa Cruz, San Antonio, San Roman, And Douglas. Above normal and falling levels expected on the NEW RIVER at Caledonia.

REGION 9 - Normal and steady levels is expected on the MOPAN and MACAL RIVERS. On the Lower Belize River, levels will continue to rise slowly on the Crooked Tree Lagoon. At Double Run normal and steady levels are expected.

REGION 11 - Above Normal and steady levels are expected on the SIBUN RIVER. On the RIO GRANDE and MOHO RIVERS normal and steady levels are expected

REGION 13 - Normal and steady levels are expected on the TEMASH RIVER.


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FLOOD REPORT AND FORECAST
Friday June 12, 2020 12 noon

CITIZENS ARE ADVISED THAT FLOODING IS OCCURRING ON THE RIO HONDO. Communities within the Albion Island areas, Douglas and downstream to the coast will continue to remain under FLOOD Warning.

River Conditions

REGION 7 - Flood levels on the Blue Creek Sub catchment of the RIO HONDO remains above the historically recorded Hurricane Mitch Level, but continues to recede slowly; Flood Levels at: Santa Cruz, San Antonio, San Roman, and Douglas are falling. The NEW RIVER at Tower Hill and Caledonia is above normal and steady.

REGION 9 - On the MACAL RIVER, reservoir levels remains below the spillways at Chalillo, Mollejon and Vaca facilities. At San Ignacio, levels are below the low-level bridge. The MOPAN RIVER at Benque Viejo Town is normal and steady. On the BELIZE RIVER, levels at Banana Bank and Double Run are normal and steady. The CROOKED TREE LAGOON is below the causeway and falling.

REGION 11 - The SIBUN RIVER near Freetown Sibun is above normal and falling. Levels are normal and steady on the SOUTHERN LAGOON near Gales Point Village. The SITTEE RIVER at Kendal Bridge is normal and steady. The RIO GRANDE at Big Falls and San Pedro Columbia is normal and steady. The MOHO RIVER at Jordan is normal and steady.

REGION 13 - The TEMASH RIVER near Crique Sarco is normal and steady.

FLOOD FORECAST - Weekend

REGION 7 - The RIO HONDO remains under Flood Warning; A gradual recession in river levels is expected at Blue Creek, Santa Cruz, San Antonio, San Roman, and Douglas. Above normal and falling levels are expected on the NEW RIVER at Tower Hill and Caledonia.

REGION 9 - Normal and steady levels is expected on the MOPAN and MACAL RIVERS. On the Lower Belize River, levels will become steady on the Crooked Tree Lagoon. At Double Run normal and steady levels are expected.

REGION 11 - Above Normal and falling levels on the SIBUN RIVER will become steady. On the RIO GRANDE and MOHO RIVERS normal and steady levels are expected

REGION 13 - On the TEMASH RIVER normal and steady levels are expected

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