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Posted: Friday, November 6, 2020. 1:54 pm CST.

By BBN Staff: The National Meteorological Services of Belize and National Emergency Management Organization (NEMO) inform that major flooding is affecting most of the country due to Tropical depression Eta.

The system is expected to move away from coastal Belize between late Friday evening and Saturday morning when less rainfall amounts are expected but by that time major floods will continue to affect most districts as the run off from the high ground will continue.

The weather is expected to improve within the next 24 hours as the depression heads Northeastward away from Belize.

All are advised to shelter in place.

The George Price Highway as reported earlier is closed for people trying to reach Belmopan from the Twin Towns and Benque.

Bullet Tree, Benque, Arenal, Santa Familia, Spanish Lookout, Valle of Peace Roaring Creek, Dangriga, Hopkins, Sarawee, Hope Creek, Mullins River, Freetown Sibun areas and sections of Belize City and numerous communities in the Belize District are experiencing severe flooding.

Roads that are flooded and or impassable are the Bullet Tree and Santa Familia roads (Spanish Lookout is now NOT accessible via Valley of Peace road), Calla Creek road, Santa Rosa road to Calla Creek, More Tomorrow M & S road, Sittee River bypass to Hopkins, and the Coastal Road from Hope Creek to Gales Point junction.

All crossings in the Cayo district are flooded or at risk to flood except the main crossings, Hawkesworth and the Santa Elena bypass (new) bridge. If the public doesn’t need to be on the George Price, Hummingbird and Southern Highway and other roadways stay away so we reduce inconvenience, the chance of you being trapped, injured or worse.

Most rivers in the country are rising.

People along streams and rivers that are flooding or starting to flood are advised to move to higher grounds to save lives.

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