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Posted: Sunday, June 19, 2022. 9:51 pm CST.

By Hugh O’Brien: Heavy rains in the Orange Walk district on Father’s day has caused major flooding, particularly in Orange Walk town and the surrounding villages.

A culvert near Tower Hill has washed away rendering the Philip Goldson Highway at that location impassable. The entrance to Orange Walk town near the Puma gas station on the highway is also under water. Traffic is being diverted to the Guinea Grass and Palmar roads.

The flooding and the expected damage it has, and will cause, to the road and culvert infrastructure has caused the Ministry of Infrastructure Development and Housing to spring into action. According to a social media post from the Ministry, “Multiple teams from the MIDH are currently on the ground in Orange Walk assessing flood damage and coordinating an emergency response which will be activated as soon as the rains ease. If necessary we will deploy teams from other parts of the country which have not received as much rain as the Orange Walk District. We ask residents to be patient and to stay safe.”

A release from the National Emergency Management Organization (NEMO) earlier on Sunday night advised motorists to exercise caution in the area of Guinea Grass and San Jose villages as the roads there are also under water.

 

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