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Incessant Rains Flood Belize City #553457
10/21/21 04:34 AM
10/21/21 04:34 AM
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There was an urban version of flash floods across Belize City today as the first of the October rains fell on drains that have been backed up for months if not years.

Still, some streets prone to flooding escaped that fate this time around showing that while progress against flooding is possible, in Belize City it's not yet universal.

Our team hit the streets to survey the damage. Here's what they saw.

Channel 7

Re: Incessant Rains Flood Belize City [Re: Marty] #553460
10/21/21 04:51 AM
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Flood Watch in Belize City

If you are in Belize City, you are probably wondering when we will get a break from the heavy rains and what is causing it all. Today news five was out surveying the scene from downtown Belize City to Belama. We found many streets inundated and impassable for smaller vehicles as water levels rose. But in case you are wondering if the result of climate change, the Met Service explains the localized conditions causing this bad weather that will continue through to Thursday.

Duane Moody, Reporting

It has been raining since Monday and while it’s a relief compared to the sweltering days, in low-lying areas in parts of the city, the constant rains have flooded streets, entrances to houses are blocked and smaller vehicles are traversing the pools of water with care. Belize City alone has received about four inches of rainfall since midnight.

Ronald Gordon, Chief Meteorologist

“That is exactly what has led to the flooding in the city. And as you mention that, we have indeed issued a flood watch since yesterday when we saw the forecast for more rainfalls today. And that watch is going to get upgrading shortly to a warning since we already have flooding occurring in the city. And the forecast is for there to be more rainfall tonight into tomorrow morning with the activity gradually decreasing on Friday. There will be more rains on Friday, but not as much as what we have seen today.”

The inclement weather is due to a system that has been dumping on the country. While it has passed over the country already, Chief Meteorologist Ronald Gordon says that other parts of the country are also experiencing the effects of the tropical wave.

Ronald Gordon

“Since the start of this week, we have entered a pattern that is more moist as compared to last week. We had a tropical wave that crossed the country yesterday and the approach of that system started the rains on Monday, continuing through yesterday and intensifying further today. The wave is now to the west of us, however, we do have an upper level high pressured system which serves sort of like a pumping that is pumping air out from the upper levels of the atmosphere and because the atmosphere is continuous, if you take out air from the top, air from the bottom needs to rush in and rise up and that is the perfect ingredient for thunderstorms to develop, cloudiness and showers and that’s what we are seeing today with the system. Currently, Belize City is getting the bulk of it, however, since morning we have seen rainfalls occurring from as far south as northern Toledo district to north as in Orange Walk district and far west as the Belmopan area and a bit further west. Those are the areas over which the rains have been concentrated.”

We are told that members of the City Emergency Management Organization at City Hall went out to do assessments today; the results of which have not been disclosed as yet. Meanwhile, Gordon says that even though it is not a major storm, consistent rainfall can cause displacement and affect residents differently and so they must remain alert.

Ronald Gordon

“We should be always on the alert. And also to mention, another point that I like to always drive home is that it doesn’t take a tropical storm or a tropical depression to cause serious weather conditions. Currently we are experiencing heavy rainfall and flooding in parts of the country, particularly in the Belize City, and this is not a tropical depression or storm. So you could have serious weather events or you can have significant impacts from systems that are not tropical depressions or storms.”

Channel 5

Re: Incessant Rains Flood Belize City [Re: Marty] #553483
10/22/21 04:31 AM
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Rainy Weather Will Continue Into The Weekend

So while Orange Street residents may be seeing better drainage in their area, Dean and King Street residents will need to pull out their sandbags and rainboots because the rainy weather is forecasted to continue into the weekend. The Chief Meteorologist, Ronald Gordon, told us via Zoom that we should expect to see clearer skies on Monday. But until then, there is a flood warning for low lying parts of the country

Ronald Gordon - Chief Meteorologist
"We have entered a more moist pattern as compared to last week with the passage of a tropical wave and continued through many parts of this week with amounts peaking yesterday we saw in particular Belize City receiving about just 4 inches of rainfall and the rain continued from last night into this morning. This is not totally unusual for October, we have seen in the past whereby we get these heavy down pour in this month and what have been supporting this activity was the passage of a tropical wave and then we had an area of high pressure and high levels in the atmosphere and that provides an area for air to diverge and acts like a pumping mechanism for air to pressure from the surface and develop thunderstorms. So, those combination of factors have supported the moist patterns that we have seen, looking ahead, we expect the high pressure system to move away from us, drift towards the west and as such weather conditions will begin to improve slightly, however we don't expect return to fairer conditions at least through Monday, so we will have rains but we don't expect it to be as intense as has been the case over 24 to 36 hours. In regards to flooding, we do have a flood warning in effect, we issues a flood watch as early as Tuesday before there were any flooding based on the forecast for significant amount of rainfall to occur and we have updated the watch to warning since yesterday because flooding is occurring and with the rainfalls that are expected to continue and to return again tonight, possibly got there to be urban flooding remains, so we will maintain that warning at least throughout the next 24 hours or so."

CEMO Activated and Monitoring Flood Conditions in Belize City

CEMO has been activated and continues to monitor the flood conditions going into tonight as it is expected that the rains will continue. On Wednesday and again today, CEMO Liaison Officer at the Belize City Council Melony Dawson, the City Engineer, and a field officer went into flood prone areas after receiving multiple calls of flooding across the city. The assessment was that while homes were not inundated, accessibility was an issue as some roads were under several inches of water. Dawson told News Five today that if the situation worsens, shelters will be opened to provide assistance to affected persons.

Melony Dawson, CEMO Liaison Officer, Belize City Council

“We’ve been in communication with NEMO, the national organization and the met office as well, so we have been getting information in to let us know how we should prepare. So when it comes to preparation we are ready, everyone is on standby and right now it is just to execute our task that should be done throughout the day.  We went in the Belama area yesterday, phase three four and the extended five. We went in the Krooman Lagoon area which was surprisingly very calm. Today, we will hit the other areas such as Jane Usher area cause we do have flood prone areas there. And if we receive any calls, that will let us know and make the job easier. Since the rains have been coming for a couple days now, I do know residents have been taking heed.  I would like to let them know to not let your guards down; the rains will continue throughout today and tonight, it should be expected to get heavier. So residents, if you are in a flood prone area and you have a family member that lives on higher ground, you can just go to them just for the night until the rain stops. Elevate your equipment in your home, put them higher. If anyone should need assistance for shelter, we will be open to accommodate anyone so you can call Belize City Council or NEMO as well and we will be able to assist if needs be.”

Channel 5

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