Advisory #2: Advisory #2: Slow Moving Tropical Wave Affecting the Country
The National Meteorological Service of Belize and the National Emergency Management Organization (NEMO) hereby inform the general public that a slow-moving tropical wave is affecting the country today. This comes after an area of low pressure caused flooding in the northern districts on Sunday, June 19, 2022. As a result, some areas in Orange Walk and Corozal have already seen upwards of ten inches of rainfall during the past seventy-two hours. The tropical wave will continue to support very wet conditions persisting at least through to mid-week. Heavy showers and thunderstorms are expected over most areas of the country producing daily rainfall totals of one to three inches with locally higher amounts.
A flood warning is in effect for Corozal and Orange Walk. A flood watch is in effect for other areas of the country that are prone to flooding, namely the coastal villages and municipalities' low-lying areas. Most rivers are rising slowly, be vigilant. A small craft caution remains in effect.
1. If you live near a river, creek, and low-lying area you are cautioned to be on the alert and to take the necessary actions to save life.
2. Clean drains, and trim trees which can fall and damage your home.
3. Avoid walking or driving through flood waters, turn back, and don't drown, just six inches of moving water can knock you down and one foot of water can sweep your vehicle away.
4. Check on the elderly and people with disability.
5. Move to safety early, do not wait until it's too late. Move before nightfall. Before leaving home secure your pet.
6. If your home or building is likely to flood, before leaving turn off your main electrical switch box.
7. Boil or purify water in flooded areas before drinking it.
8. Fishers are asked to go to sea with a radio and knowledge of the weather conditions.
9. Drive slowly and put on their hazard lights when driving in the rain.
10. Review your family emergency plan.
NEMO's emergency hotline is 936. Stay alert, be prepared. NEMO is on full alert.