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Flooding alerts issued across several regions in Belize due to excessive rainfall forecast

Posted: Friday, July 28, 2023. 2:48 pm CST.

By Breaking Belize News Staff: The National Meteorological Service, in conjunction with the National Hydrological Service, has issued a warning to several regions in Belize over the upcoming weekend, citing a medium to high potential for flooding due to the excessive rainfall forecast.

Residents of Belize City and the greater Belize City area are advised to brace for possible urban flooding. Communities situated off the Eastern Slopes of the Maya Mountains and the Southern Region of the country are on flash flooding alert.

In Region 7, the Rio Hondo at Blue Creek North and downstream at Santa Cruz, San Antonio, San Roman, and Douglas to the coast, are forecasted to have below-normal levels. However, the New River at Tower Hill and Caledonia are predicted to experience above-normal levels.

Region 9 is predicted to have a mix of above and below-normal levels. The Belize River at Double Run is expected to experience below-normal levels. Levels on the Crooked Tree Lagoon are anticipated to stay below the causeway. The Macal River reservoir levels are forecasted to remain below the spillways at all BECOL facilities, and at San Ignacio, the levels are predicted to stay below the low-level bridge. However, on the Mopan River at Benque Viejo Town, above-normal levels are expected.

In Region 11, the Sibun River at Freetown Sibun and the Southern Lagoon at Gales Point Village are projected to have above-normal levels. Watersheds on the Eastern Slopes of the Mayan Mountains and on the Sittee River near Kendal Bridge are also anticipated to have above-normal levels increasing to flood-stage levels.

The Swasey and Bladen Branches of the Monkey River, the Deep River at Medina Bank, the Rio Grande at San Pedro Columbia and Big Falls South, the Moho River at Blue Creek South and Jorda, and the Temash River at Crique Sarco are also expected to experience above-normal levels increasing to flood stage levels.

Region 13 is forecasted to see above-normal levels on the Sarstoon River.

Residents of these regions are strongly advised to take necessary precautions, stay vigilant, and keep an eye on further updates from local authorities. This forecast highlights the need for increased preparedness and potential evacuation plans in case the situation deteriorates.


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