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Feb 8, 2018

Overnight Flash Flood in Unitedville, Cayo

There was a flash flood in the west on Wednesday night. Sometime after mid-night, NEMO was called out to an area in Unitedville where a portion of the George Price Highway and two houses were under two to three feet of water. According to Central Regional Coordinator for NEMO, Al Westby, the area floods whenever there is heavy and persistent rains. Luckily no one had to be evacuated.

 

Al Westby, Central Regional Coordinator, NEMO

“I got a call from the police that there was a flash flood occurring somewhere in the Unitedville area and knowing that jurisdiction well and all the hotspots, I realized it is the same area. In about ten minutes we deployed there and found out it was the same area after you pass the Pallotti RC School going towards the Orange Gallery Area.”

 

Duane Moody

“What did you have to do? Did anyone have to be evacuated?”

 

Al Westby

Al Westby

“Well, as they say, once bitten twice shy. Those people had this happen already and when we reached there they were on the road side already. There were two houses with about two and a half to three feet of water but those were not occupied. The houses that were occupied were on the higher side of that creek from the mountains.”

 

Duane Moody

“Anybody needed assistance outside of that?”

 

Al Westby

“Not really because they are all family members and the houses on the other side were ok. We must take into consideration that the water stayed up for three to four hours and about three or so the water started to recede and traffic started flowing back.”

 

Duane Moody

“What led to this, sir, just the constant rains?”

 

Al Westby

“Yes, we had in that area a constant four plus hours of rains along with thunder and lightning and it was massive rain. So, as we expected, as we encouraged everybody living in these hot spots along Macal and Mopan River to take heed when they see weather like this, they gotta be conscious and know what to do.”

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