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Nov 18, 2015

Flooding Affects 8-Mile Community

The southern part of Belize was the most affected over the past weekend when heavy rains came down. Roads and other infrastructure were submerged under water and became passable when the waters receded. Hundreds of residents had to be taken to shelters. That was on Saturday and Sunday in Toledo, but this morning the gushing waters came down unexpectedly at the Mile Eight Community on the George Price Highway. Residents woke up to find the worst flooding they have experienced. News Five’s Isani Cayetano reports.

 

Isani Cayetano, Reporting

The incessant rains that prevailed over most of central, western and southern Belize over the past few days have flooded parts of the country, including areas where there was not much rainfall.  One such community is Eight Miles, where water has inundated majority of the streets off the George Price Highway.  Residents were taken aback when they woke up and found that floodwater had covered their properties.

 

Noel Jones

Noel Jones, Resident, Eight Mile Community

“Well up ya usually flood when we have wahn lotta rain and most ah di time when ih rain inland.  When ih staat to, when di river dehn up da side get full all did time ih usually come down and come this side ya because ih haftu run out to sea.  That’s why we have flood ya sometime.”

 

Isani Cayetano

“This particular flood, when did you notice the water level rising?”

 

Noel Jones

“Day before yesterday.”

 

Isani Cayetano

“And what has that been like?”

 

Noel Jones

“Well ih come up slow, ih noh come up fast because yesterday when I come from town because ah bring mi grandson from school.  When ah park out deh because di water was in here.  So ah park out there and this morning when I get up we had water bout that from the wheel and this stone ya was nearly covered.”

 

Diana Jones

In the seven years that the Jones family has lived here, this is the worst they’ve ever seen the water rise.

 

Diana Jones, Resident, Eight Mile Community

“This street usually high but I feel like due to that when dehn grade the street, the height ah di street, di level gone down.  That just contribute to the height ah di wata, you know, because usually ih neva all that, this high.  But wi di get use to it noh, couple more days ih wahn probably go down so.”

 

While Eight Miles is a low-lying or flood prone area, the water seems to be receding rapidly, creating significant currents in specific areas. This is one of several elevated structures where water has engulfed everything beneath.

 

Voice of: Resident, Eight Mile Community

“From last night, last night.  It started early last night, it started to raise and we were monitoring it but it just went really fast and nothing really hectic to me.  I’m use to it but not like this.”

 

Isani Cayetano

“I would want to think that in Belize City and the immediate area it had stopped raining constantly since either the day before or what have you.  So a majority of this water is water that is coming down from inland?”

 

Voice of: Resident

“Yes, I would say it’s probably the floodwater because from like Monday we haven’t gotten any rain.  So I would say it’s probably the floodwater that’s doing this right now to Eight Miles.”

 

Isani Cayetano

“How has it impeded your ability to move around within the area and to access the main highway to get down to Belize City or to get to the shops outside?”

 

Voice of: Resident

“Well, it’s very hard.  We haven’t come out from our house.  Well actually I hadn’t come out until today and I haven’t reached the shop as yet, just taking a walk today and seeing it like this is very hectic to reach to the Chiney from our area because everywhere is flooded.”

 

For the Joneses, the flood hasn’t inconvenienced them much since they stock up on groceries in the city once-a-week.

 

Isani Cayetano

“How does this inconvenience your everyday flow?”

 

Noel Jones

“Just that yo haftu walk eena wata and ih no good because sometimes yo got on yo shoes and when yo tek it off yo could ketch cold.  So ih da wahn inconvenience to yo, that’s all.  But we scarcely go da shop because we most we go and do we grocery shopping pan weekend in Belize and that run we fu di week.  So every Friday or Saturday we go down and buy we grocery so we scarcely go da di shop out here.”

 

Isani Cayetano

“Has there been any appeal by either yourself as the Jones familyor residents of Eight Miles to have the area rep or someone in authority look at the situation where indeed it is a low-lying area but more can be down to elevate the streets?”

 

Noel Jones

“Well, eena one way dehn seh dehn wahn try help and ting but ih tek time, yo cyant expect dehn fu do it immediately and ting so ih tek time for it.”

 

Reporting for News Five, I am Isani Cayetano.

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1 Response for “Flooding Affects 8-Mile Community”

  1. Melo says:

    One of thw worst flood in the 8 mile community was back in 98 with the rains from mitch the water was almost level with the highway

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