Flood Report and Forecast
Friday November 20, 2020 12:00 pm FLOOD WARNING IS IN EFFECT FOR RIVERS, STREAMS, CREEKS and WATERWAYS IN THE BELIZE, CENTRAL, WESTERN, AND SOUTHERN PARTS OF THE COUNTRY (includes - San Ignacio, Benque, Banana Bank, Double Run, Crooked Tree, the Belize River Valley and surrounding communities and Downstream to the coast).
A FLOOD WARNING IS IN EFFECT FOR COMMUNITIES DOWNSTREAM ON THE RIO HONDO. (residents in the downstream areas of the Rio Hondo are to remain vigilant as flood water from Blue Creek continues to move downstream.) River Conditions
REGION 7 - The RIO HONDO at Blue Creek and downstream at Santa Cruz ARE AT FLOOD STAGE and continues to rise, at San Antonio, San Roman, and Douglas levels are approaching flood stage and continues to increase steadily. Levels continues to increase on the NEW RIVER at Tower Hill and Caledonia.
REGION 9 - On the MACAL RIVER, at Chalillo, Mollejon and Vaca facilities reservoir levels are above the spillways. At San Ignacio, Flood levels remains above the low-level bridge and continue to increase. On the MOPAN RIVER at Benque Viejo Town, flood levels continue to increase.
On the BELIZE RIVER, in the upper Belize River at Banana Bank and surrounding areas, Flood Levels are increasing, while in the lower Belize River, at Belize River Valley and surrounding communities, Double Run and near the Haulover Creek to the coast, Flood Levels continues to increase. On the CROOKED TREE LAGOON. the causeway is inundated as flood levels continues to increase
REGION 11 - Flood levels on the SIBUN RIVER near Freetown Sibun continues to increase. Levels on the SOUTHERN LAGOON near Gales Point Village is at Flood Stage. The watersheds on the EASTERN SLOPES OF THE MAYAN MOUNTAINS are at FLOOD STAGE and receding. The SITTEE RIVER at Kendal Bridge is near Flood Stage and receding. The Swasey and Bladen branches of the MONKEY RIVER are at Flood Stage and receding. Levels on the RIO GRANDE at San Pedro Columbia and Big Falls are above normal and steady. The MOHO RIVER at Jordan and Blue Creek South is at Flood Stage and receding. Levels on the TEMASH RIVER near Crique Sarco is at Flood Stage and increasing.
REGION 13 - On the SARSTOON RIVER levels are at Flood Stage and steady. WEEKEND - FLOOD FORECAST
REGION 7 - The RIO HONDO at Blue Creek and downstream at Santa Cruz are at flood stage, and at Santa Cruz, San Antonio, San Roman, and Douglas and downstream to the coast will continue to increase and approach flood stage. On the NEW RIVER at Tower Hill, and Caledonia, levels are expected to continue to increasing and approach bankfull stage through the weekend. RESIDENTS IN THE DOWNSTREAM AREAS OF THE RIO HONDO ARE TO REMAIN VIGILANT AS FLOOD WATER FROM BLUE CREEK CONTINUES TO MOVE DOWNSTREAM.
REGION 9 - Through the weekend, on the MACAL RIVER, reservoir levels at all BECOL facilities are expected to remain above the spillway; while at San Ignacio, Flood levels are expected to remain above the low-level bridge and continue to increase. On the MOPAN RIVER, at Benque Viejo river levels are expected to continue to increase.
On the BELIZE RIVER, at Banana Bank, Belize River Valley and surrounding communities, Double Run and near Haulover Creek to the Coast, increasing Flood Levels are expected to continue. On the CROOKED TREE LAGOON, the causeway is expected to remain inundated as flood levels continue to increase.
REGION 11 - Increasing flood levels on the SIBUN RIVER near Freetown Sibun is expected to continue then become steady. Levels on the SOUTHERN LAGOON near Gales Point Village is expected to continue to increase then become steady. In watersheds on the EASTERN SLOPES OF THE MAYAN MOUNTAINS, levels are expected to increase and remain in flood stage. Receding flood stage levels on the MOHO and TEMASH RIVERS are expected to increase and will remain at flood stage.
REGION 13 - Receding flood stage levels on the SARSTOON RIVER is expected to increase and remain at flood stage.
The next Flood Report and Forecast will be issued on Monday November 23, 2020 at 12 pm.
Rain everywhere. This is just what this part of the world is like right now.
===================NEMO ADVISORY # 7: FLOOD WARNING FOR CENTRAL BELIZE
FRIDAY, 20TH NOVEMBER, 2020, 6:00 PM
The National Meteorological Services of Belize and NEMO hereby inform the general public that rainfall associated with the remnants of Hurricane Iota continues to contribute to flooding in Central areas of the country.
All major highways are open. The Low Lying Bridge in San Ignacio, Iguana Creek Bridge, and Branch Mouth Hammock Bridge remains closed. The Succotz and Backing Pot Ferry are also closed. In Belmopan the J&W and More Tomorrow areas are inaccessible. In Belize Rural the Maypen, Grace Bank and Crooked Tree villages are all inaccessible.
The Macal, Mopan Rivers in the Cayo District, and the Sibun and Belize Rivers in the Belize district, continues to steadily rise. Belize River, Mount Pleasant Creek, Maya Mopan Creek and Roaring Creek are also rising in the Cayo District. In the Belize Rural area, the water levels are rising in the Crooked Tree Lagoon, Mexico Creek, and Big Falls Creek. The Rio Hondo and New Rivers in the north are rising slowly.
Two hundred and thirty five (235) persons are in shelters throughout the country, primarily in the Belize Rural area (Crooked Tree, Rancho Dolores, Bermudan Landing, Burrell Boom, and Lemonal) and Cayo district (Calla Creek and Bishop Martin School), Orange walk (Trial Farm).
Major relief operations are underway to assist the affected populations and cattle farmers.
NEMO and the National Met Service will keep the general public updated on any further developments. NEMO STRONGLY advises the general public to adhere to the advisories, don’t take risks with their life, and move out of flood waters.
1 mile from Corozal Town on the Consejo Road behind Oasis. This was around 11:45 a.m. Flood water on the road is about 2.5 to 3 feet. Small cars, motorcycles and bicycles should exercise caution.
=============Photos by San Pedro Scoop