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Aug 8, 2017

Corozal Weathers T.S. Franklin

A News Five team headed to Corozal overnight to capture what was happening on the ground as the northern municipality prepared for a first impending storm in the 2017 hurricane season.  Given the destruction caused by Hurricane Earl a year ago, all systems were in full gear to avert or at least contain damages. Duane Moody and Rick Romero were in the thick of things as NEMO reps and residents tracked Tropical Storm Franklin as it made landfall on Monday night in Mexico to the all clear issued around four o’clock this morning. Here’s their report.

 

Duane Moody

“Sometime after nine o’clock on Monday night, Tropical Storm Franklin made landfall near Mahahual, which is several miles north of Belize. Since then and leading on to about one a.m., we saw that there were rains, slight breeze and that continued through the night until what you are seeing right now which is basically a cold front here in Corozal. But even as Tropical Storm Franklin made landfall, we had several persons, up to sixty-eight persons, seeking shelters within the Corozal District.”

 

Hilberto Campos

Hilberto Campos, Mayor, Corozal Town

“You could see that Corozal has barely got any rains so people are not as alarm as we thought they could be. But all the shelters that have been approved to be open have been opened. Everything is in place. Corozal Town, we have taken care of our emergency plan for the town from the Town Council and as vice-chairman of the NEMO Corozal, we are working together with NEMO.”

 

Willard Levy, NEMO Coordinator, Corozal

“It stays as a calm from during the course of the day. We don’t expect anything stronger than what is happening right now. Apparently, it looks like the system is drifting away from the northern part of the country.”

 

Duane Moody

“The coastal shelters that were in Progresso, Chunox and those villages…nobody occupied those?”

 

Willard Levy

Willard Levy

“Nobody has been to these shelters. Apparently they have been to friends and relatives, if they had the need. But the shelters are not opened there; I mean it is open, but it is not occupied.”

 

Four shelterees from the Church of Christ School were brought over to the Our Lady of Guadalupe RC School in Altamira, bringing the total figure to sixty-eight persons – thirty-two adults and thirty-six children. A majority of them were from the Chula Vista area of Corozal. Victoria Evans and her family sought shelter from the expected floods in the low-lying area.

 

Victoria Evans, Shelteree

“The whole family deh out yah because we live in a low-lying area and it is easy to get flood so to be safe, we just come dah the shelter.”

 

Duane Moody

“Talk to us a little bit more about that…how many of you guys are here?”

 

Victoria Evans

“Umm about fifteen, the most. We left stuff behind, but what we have dah just the important documents and stuff that we will need ina the longer run.”

 

Reporter

“Was it a situation that you actually spoke to your other neighbors and they decided that they will come to the shelter too or did you share that message with your other neighbors or did they come on their own as well?”

 

Victoria Evans

Victoria Evans

“Well we did share the message. And weh part we live it is surrounded by lone family. So we just tell different family members and they just do weh dehn have to do and they come along with we too.”

 

Duane Moody

“So how long will you guys be here? You came from earlier today, so how long do you expect to be here?”

 

Victoria Evans

“Well we come earlier this evening. We noh sure how long we will stay; mussi until after this finish.”

 

The NEMO team in Corozal and residents were well-prepared for the pending threat.  Mayor Hilberto Campos stressed that one can never be over-prepared in case of weather systems.

 

Hilberto Campos

“You could never be over-prepared for these things. That’s why we have been working ever since the storm was out, making sure that the people are well-informed about the situation, monitor the system. Fortunately for us I don’t think we will be expecting much winds, but we are still worried about the rain. Like I said, Corozal Town has been pretty much dry for the whole day and we are expecting the rains to come any day now, but we could never be over-prepared.”

 

Willard Levy

“There are some villages that have been requesting that we open the shelters, but if you notice the weather how it looks, there is no reason to overburden our human resources. So we don’t open those shelters and eventually they have to understand the situation. Where we think they might have a problem, then we’ll open that shelter.”

 

The Laguna Seca and the Nuevo Pueblo Ferries closed during the course of Monday night, but were reopened at six o’clock this morning. And public transportation resumed around five a.m., following the ‘All Clear’ advisory by NEMO. Reporting for News Five from Corozal Bay, I’m Duane Moody.

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