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Jul 3, 2017

Toledo Residents Wish Rain Would Go Away After Wet Weekend

Tonight, some villages remain under water in southern Belize. Since five o’clock on Sunday morning, NEMO Toledo was activated because several villages were flooding and portions of the highway were impassable. Due to heavy rainfall over the course of Friday and Saturday, the overflowing Temash and Moho Rivers inundated several low-lying communities. Villages like Santa Ana, Crique Sarco, Blue Creek, Aguacate, Jordan and Jacintoville were under water since Sunday and a few remain flooded. NEMO Toledo remains activated and continues to monitor the water levels. We spoke with NEMO’s Kenton Parham via phone about the flooding in Toledo.

 

Via Phone: Kenton Parham, NEMO Coordinator, Toledo

“At this time, things are normalizing slowly and we still have some communities that are experiencing some difficulty; namely, Crique Sarco where eight families were reported to be affected by the flooding. We are unable to get access to the village at this moment, because as of this morning 7 o’clock there was still about six feet of water on the road, so we are waiting to get in there as soon as the water recede. But the community is actually doing okay. We are just waiting to get in there to talk to the families that are affected. Big Falls is still rising slowly. There haven’t been any incidents in terms of families being impacted at this moment. There is one home that we are keeping our watch on and are ready to respond if that house is impacted. The rest of the communities the water has receded and we can now access most of these areas. The Colombia Bridge I believe still has about a foot and half water over it at this time.  There is no impact to bridges except the ones still under water. Aguacate Village I believe is still under water – some three feet going down. There is report of debris and the Ministry of Works will be taking care of it to make sure it is clear as soon as possible. But in terms of infrastructural damage, we have no reports of that or any other road or infrastructure.”

 

Andrea Polanco

“So, you expect in the next few days for everything to be back to normal in terms of the water levels?”

 

Via Phone: Kenton Parham

“Yes it should be going back down if we don’t get any more rains in a day or two it would go back to normal level. Big Falls is rising steady but very slowly and we are hoping that it will begin to recede. Crique Sarco is receding but very slowly and so it is just a matter of watching it and being on guard.”

 

Parham said that once the water goes down, there will be assessments to evaluate the damage to property as well as to crops.

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