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Flood levels in Mopan river continue to rise; bridge in Bullet Tree no longer passable

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Posted: Thursday, November 5, 2020. 11:15 pm CST.

By BBN Staff: Flood levels in the Mopan river continue to rise tonight as rain continues to fall in Guatemala and Belize. The water level in the Mopan river has now reached almost halfway up the Salvador Fernandez bridge in Bullet Tree village, Cayo. Security personnel have been placed at the bridge to detract individuals from attempting to cross the river.

Residences and resorts in the peninsula area of the village are now under several feet of water and significant flood damage is expected to personal and household property.

According to villagers, the last time the Mopan river reached this level was during floods caused by Hurricane Mitch in October 1998.

As the rain continues and the Mopan river rises more, it is expected to put pressure on the Macal river creating a greater backwater that may cause more serious flooding in the low lying areas and floodplains of San Ignacio/Santa Elena.

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