Posted: Saturday, July 22, 2023. 10:35 am CST.
By Breaking Belize News Staff: In an alert issued by the National Hydrological Service on July 21, 2023, Belizeans across the country are urged to remain vigilant due to varying river levels. Some regions may witness increases nearing flood-stage levels, signaling potential flood risks.
Region 7, enveloping parts of the Rio Hondo and New Rivers, provides a glimmer of respite, as below to near-normal levels are forecasted.
In contrast, Region 9 presents a mixed picture. Though the Belize River at Double Run and the Crooked Tree Lagoon are set to observe below-normal levels, the Macal River at BECOL facilities and San Ignacio, and the Mopan River at Benque Viejo Town, will see steady, near-normal levels.
However, it’s Region 11 that has drawn significant attention. While the Sibun River at Freetown Sibun and the Deep River at Medina Bank are forecasted to display below-normal, steady levels, other localities, including the Southern Lagoon at Gales Point Village, the Sittee River near Kendal Bridge, the Monkey River’s Swasey and Bladen branches, and the Rio Grande at San Pedro Columbia and Big Falls South, are anticipated to exceed normal levels. Most concerning are the Moho and Temash Rivers, which are expected to swell to near flood-stage levels, posing potential flood threats to adjacent communities.
Region 13 is also on the alert, with above-normal levels expected on the Sarstoon River.
The National Hydrological Service is advising residents to stay informed, especially those in areas with a high risk of flooding. Additional flood forecasts will be issued as necessary, and Belizeans are urged to monitor them closely to safeguard their families and properties from potential flooding events.
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