Immediately north of the cemetery, about 2.5 feet of vertical erosion occurred behind the seawall at the Paradise Resort as it did at the Belize Yacht Club. The dock at the left was severely damaged during the storm. The thatch-roofed bar partly visible at the top-right of the photo, which was a very popular pub in town, was damaged but remains intact, and waves crashing ashore even removed many of the small tiles that made up the top of the bar (where drinks and ash trays are normally placed). The bar should be up and running soon, however, serving refreshments to customers. The far end of the massive concrete seawall, in the background, actually was twisted and cracked by the force of the waves. |
There was 3.5 feet of vertical erosion of the formerly high beach at this house, which is just north of the high school. The women are standing at the base of the scarp that resulted from the erosion here; a little more erosion and the house would have begun to collapse.|
The first photo is a view to the north along the beach, close to the location of photo #9, that shows a layer of "beachrock" about 3-4 inches thick that was once buried under the sand at water‰s edge but which was exposed for quite a distance as a result of Mitch‰s vertical beach erosion here. "Beachrock" forms when a layer or layers of beach sand along the shore become lightly cemented by calcium carbonate minerals precipitated from sea water. About 2 feet of vertical erosion occurred here to expose the "beachrock", the presence of which now makes walking along the shore somewhat difficult insofar as it is fairly hard and sharp. Although we knew that "beachrock" was present at a few localities along the front-side of the caye, we didn‰t know that so much existed in this area until Mitch exhumed it for us to study.
The second photo is how this area of the beach looked prior to Mitch.
This house is located at the southern end of the park at Boca del Rio. Its lower concrete wall at the front and back of the building were largely destroyed by the surge during Mitch, and the structural integrity of the entire foundation is questionable.|
Boca del Rio park after Mitch. The beautiful children‰s playground, built largely through the efforts of the San Pedro Lions‰ Club, was virtually destroyed. The corrugated seawall along the north side of the park is now gone. Blocks of limestone and shells litter the ground. Apparently the storm surge came in from the Tres Cocos pass in the reef and washed right over this very low-lying part of the island, which used to be lined by protective mangroves.|
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