By BBN Staff: Update: Few showers and isolated thunderstorms will continue over the south tonight. Conditions are expected to improve tomorrow with showers and thunderstorms becoming isolated. Communities in the Stann Creek District that are prone to flash flood must be on the alert as the North and South Stann Creek rivers are rising fast. A flash flood warning is in effect for and has been issued to the villages of Sarawee and Hope Creek. Shelters will be opened in Sarawee and Hope Creek to assist those residents who need a dry, safe place to shelter until the water recedes. The Stann Creek District Command Centre was activated at 4:00 p.m. today. The Hon. Frank Mena chaired the Stann Creek District Emergency Committee meeting, reviewed the situation and initiated their plan of action.
In Toledo the road in Jacinto is now open to traffic. The water in Big Falls has risen fifteen (15)feet above normal. In Crique Sarco eight (8) homes are still affected by flood waters, however, the river is cresting. In Aguacate the water is four (4) feet over the bridge. Golden Stream is six (6) feet above normal and not rising; in Bladden the water is three (3) feet above normal and not rising; in Blue Creek the river is four (4) feet above the bridge and receding slowly; and in San Felipe the road remains closed. The Toledo District Command Centre is monitoring and coordinating their response. The concerns remain localized flooding of low-lying communities and flash flood near rivers and streams.
People in central, coastal and southern Belize are advised to make the necessary arrangements to protect life and property. If you are at risk to flooding be prepared to move to higher grounds before nightfall, with family or friends or to a community shelterand check on family members and neighbours who might be in need of assistance.
Saving your life and property are first and foremost your responsibility.
All motoristsare asked to drive with extreme care and to put on your low beam and hazard signal to avoid accidents due to slippery road conditions.
NEMO emergency coordinators can be reached as follows:
Corozal, Williard Levy at 623 0237;
Orange Walk, Aragon at 636 6094;
iii. Belize District, Lionel Tillett at 6154834 and Kevin Pollard at 621 2275;
San Pedro, Vanessa Parham at 632 3698;
Belize City, Timrose Augustine at 600 8672; and Belize City Council Liaison Officer to NEMO, Councillor Willoughby at 6309793
Belmopan, Clare Moody at 630 9791;
vii. Cayo, Al Westby at 630 3224 or Johnny Ramclam at 625 2526;
viii. Stann Creek, Keith Emmanuel at 615 9711; and Toledo, Kenton Parham at 630 9787. The NEMO Emergency Hotline is 936. You can also get updates at hydromet.gov.bz and nemo.org.bz
The public is asked to pay close attention official reports and advisories coming out of NEMO and the Met Service and remain alert.
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