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CEMO monitoring flood-prone areas in Belize City, ready to activate

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Posted: Thursday, October 21, 2021. 1:21 pm CST.

By Rubén Morales Iglesias: The Belize City Emergency Management Organization (CEMO) is monitoring flood-prone areas in Belize City and is ready to activate.

Seven inches of rain fell over Belize City since midnight on Tuesday said the National Meteorological Service of Belize (NMSB).

The NMSB said a flood warning is in effect as flooding occurs over low-lying and flood-prone areas, especially over the Belize and northern Stann Creek Districts.

“We are on stand-by and if needs be we will activate,” said Melony Dawson, Liaison Officer at CEMO.

“We did an assessment yesterday and some areas do have water but not to the extent of going in people’s homes whereby we will need to provide shelter for anyone.”

“At this moment, I have some teams going out to do a next assessment since we got rain through the night to see if the situation got worse since last night.”

Dawson said on Wednesday, the Belama area, mainly phases 4 and 5, did have water on some of the streets that normally flood but not to extent that CEMO would have open shelters.

“Right now, CEMO is on standby if needs be. We are working closely along with NEMO as well. If the situation should get worse, we will activate our plans,” Dawson said.

“We are noticing the water is receding quite smoothly. Yesterday when our assessment was being done, we realized that the water was also up because we had a high tide at that point.

The National Meteorological Service of Belize said that the rains would gradually decrease today but that “a few showers and thunderstorms will redevelop mainly along the coast tonight.”

The outlook beyond tonight says a few showers and thunderstorms should develop “mostly inland on Friday and over the south on Friday night, with isolated activity elsewhere.”

 

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