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Oct 5, 2018

Flood Prone Areas are Identified in the Belize District and the Old Capital

Al Westby

According to Al Westby, Central Regional Coordinator for NEMO, district coordinators have been asked to identify flood prone areas within their respective communities.  River monitors have also been called in to keep watch in the Belize River Valley.  In Belize City, Councilor Chips Noralez identified several of the low-lying areas that are prone to flooding.

 

Al Westby, Central Regional Coordinator, NEMO

“Knowing the systems, how NEMO operates [is that] we look at an overall picture, a system can change anytime, so we prefer the whole country to be prepared than to be sorry.  Each district coordinator and each committee identifies their flood prone areas within their communities or their districts and those are the villages or the low-lying areas, for example, in the city, CEMO knows exactly in Lake-I wherever, we look at people, where it’s necessary, would have to go and help them.  In the districts it’s the same thing, in the river valley I could call on the coordinator out there, actually they’re already sending their reports with each low-lying area and which area is prone to flooding.  Not only that, what they did today, during the day, they contacted all their river monitors, we have river monitors throughout the whole country, they contacted them and let them know that this is happening and that they will be communicating with them throughout the night or the weekend if needs be, if the rain continues.”

 

Michael Noralez

Michael Noralez, Councilor Responsible for CEMO

“The areas of the city that are flood prone are Belama Phase 3 and 4, definitely.  We have the Krooman Lagoon area, behind Lake Independence.  We have the Gungulung area, very flood prone and Jane Usher, the Jane Usher Boulevard area always gets, and Faber’s Road, certain parts of Faber’s Road Extension… And what we are doing is just to; we are not here to frighten anybody or to get you all jittery or something like that.  We are just here to advise you, just listen to the different advisories that we will be getting through the media.  Be keen, be ready to move if your area becomes flooded, your yard, your house.  So just get ready, that’s what we’re asking everyone.”

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