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Jun 26, 2017

Western Communities Hit by Flash Floods

The rains over the weekend, specifically in the west, cause flashfloods in Bullet Tree and nearby areas in the Cayo District. The waters rose up to eight inches inside homes and damages to property were minimal. Today, when we visited the area, the waters had subsided and NEMO Coordinator Al Westby told News Five that preparedness was a key factor as residents were able to weather the water levels.

 

Al Westby, NEMO Coordinator, Cayo District

“We got about two hours constant rain nonstop and that attributed to flash flooding within certain communities in the Cayo District, mainly Bullet Tree road, Santiago Juan Layout and parts of Bullet Tree in the new area. However, I must say that some people have been listening to our advertisement that our national coordinator developed and they listened as you can hear that we would suggest that once you live in the low-lying areas, you expect flashfloods in these kinds of event. I must say that I am pleased with the residents of Bullet Tree who expressed to us that as soon as they saw the type of weather, they started putting up their items on higher grounds. And that is what we want and we know that they are listening and they are learning from the training that NEMO is putting out there.”

 

Al Westby

Duane Moody

“Now sir was anyone evacuated from their houses?”

 

Al Westby

“Not really because the flashflood came yes in the yards and thing and basically it came up at approximately in the low houses, six to eight inches. So it wasn’t that much of an impact on household items.”

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