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Aug 16, 2012

Lack of drainage is the cause of flood damage

Several areas in Corozal Town including Port Saul and the Chula Vista Area experienced a rise in water levels of up to four feet. Corozal Town Mayor, Hilberto Campos, says a lack of proper drainage in those areas prevents the water levels from receding. And in the other areas with proper drainage that nevertheless experienced flooding, Campos says the system is filled to capacity. He says that the council will now have to look at an infrastructural plan to ensure that flooding like this does not reoccur.

 

Hilberto Campos, Mayor, Corozal Town

“People weren’t prepared for this amount of rainfall and yes we have opened the Guadalupe school as a shelter which is more for the people from this area. We are working with the coordinator of NEMO, Mister Levy, and we got the shelter open; we are helping people move out their stuff and we have the neighbors working together taking out as much kids and people that are affected directly. Unfortunately for these people we have material stuff that are already damage and we will see what we can do for them.”

 

Duane Moody

Hilberto Campos

“Mister Campos, I know you said that the proper drainage is in place for most of Corozal, but what do you feel is needed in terms of infrastructure to ensure that something like this does not reoccur?”

 

Hilberto Campos

“Like I mentioned, the drainage that already exists in Corozal Town is working to capacity, but we have different areas in town like Port Saul and Chula Vista that don’t have an actual drainage system. It is something that we will have to invest in; it is something that we will have to work along with Central Government to bring up to standard. The drainage of Corozal Town itself is working to full capacity. Probably some adjustments will have to be made so that in the case of this amount of rainfall coming, we don’t have as much flooding as we have right now.  We are doing the warnings to the specific flooded areas for them to move out—not to take the chances to stay and be affected by this—they are already affected—to relocate them to the shelters. Well the existing drainage system, we are trying to keep it clean if any clogs happen and hope for the best. We are really working, like I mentioned, from five-thirty this morning; from when we woke up, to this very unfortunate incident.”

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