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Aug 16, 2012

Corozal District flooded by rains

There was no hurricane, but residents in the north of the country woke up to streets and even the floors of some homes under water. It can be called a freak storm up north as for the past twenty-four hours, there has been non-stop raining. From three o’clock this morning, several shelters were opened to accommodate persons who were affected by the rise in water levels which also prevented travel as several sections of the Northern Highway were temporarily washed over. The rains have caused tremendous damage not only to homes, but also to the agricultural industry up north.

 

Willard Levy, Coordinator, NEMO Corozal

“We had rains from about eight o’clock last night and it went all the way through the night and up to about ten o’clock this morning.”

 

Duane Moody

“I’m currently standing in at least three feet of water here in the Chula Vista Area of Corozal Town. Streets, drains and several portions of the northern highway are currently under water. It is a result of at least fourteen hours of constant raining and the bad news is that the rains are expected to continue.”

 

Hilberto Campos

Hilberto Campos, Mayor, Corozal Town

“These are the consequences of tropical depression number seven I think. What is worse is that the people of Corozal weren’t expecting so much rain to fall last night. Early this morning we woke up and found many areas flooded. Unfortunate people like the area of Chula Vista—in my opinion as far as I’ve assessed—is worse; people are three to four feet under water. The first thing that came to mind was to inspect the drains and all of them are dashing out water into the sea, but to full capacity. The amount of rain that fell is remarkable; it’s more than what the draining system could pump out.”

 

Willard Levy

With rising water levels, several persons had to be evacuated to shelters.

 

Willard Levy

“We opened four shelters today; namely C.C.C., Guadalupe R.C., Xiabe R.C. and we also had Libertad Methodist. Those were the shelters that were opened. However up to midday today, there were only seven persons in the Guadalupe R.C.”

 

Lupe Barono

Lupe Barono, Resident, Corozal Town

“Me and my husband were passing through and looking who all needed assistance and just watching the area to see how flooded it was. Several people were under water; some of them didn’t know they were under water until this morning when they saw. So we got this little raft and we started helping out people—taking out their babies and clothes and mattress; what they needed.”

 

Villages such as Libertad, San Joaquin, Concepcion, Xiabe and other low-lying areas were inundated. For Hipolito Correa, the water rose up to a feet high inside his house.

 

Hipolito Correa

Hipolito Correa, Resident, San Joaquin

“In the middle of the house about one foot; it start to raise about three o’clock. Dah morning, it raise about five feet.”

 

Duane Moody

“Your house as well as your son’s house is flooded with water right?”

 

Hipolito Correa

“Oh yes it flooded the two house.”

 

Duane Moody

“Tell us about the damage inside. Is everything wet?”

 

Hipolito Correa

“Yes. About three beds we got dah my house, ih get wet. And the next part, dah my son, ih got wah refridge and it noh good. Ih done damage and the two beds weh ih got; ih done damage.”

 

Hugo Patt

It’s a double whammy for residents up north as just one week ago, there was damage caused by Hurricane Ernesto. Minister of State in the Ministry of Agriculture, Hugo Patt, says it means millions of dollars more in losses to the agricultural industry.

 

Hugo Patt, Minister of State, Ministry of Agriculture

“The north of the country is getting a double hit, I can say. Just last week we had the advent of Hurricane Ernesto; while we did not have as much structural damages, there were indeed damages to crops. This situation we have with the flooding is something really disastrous. It caught people off guard. It was just a matter of raining almost nine to ten hours overnight and people as early as two o’clock, three o’clock started to call in and said this was the situation. And indeed the situation doesn’t look any better as you would realize the rain is still hitting us and there is going to be severe damage that we are going to have structurally—not only in Chula Vista, but this I can safely say is throughout the north of the country. I can tell you that it doesn’t require anybody technically to say that with this, the damage is going to be even harder. The situation is that since, I would say early in May, we have had consistent rains and this is not something normal for us. The dry season for us extends way into May, we have some rains coming in June July, but August and September are normally the dry season for us. This year we have had a very unique weather system whereby rain was really consistent. So I feel that the soil itself cannot bare anymore water. On the contrary as it comes, it starts to flow and that is the situation that we have right now.”

 

Duane Moody for News Five.

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2 Responses for “Corozal District flooded by rains”

  1. me says:

    To the mayor of corozal.
    Mr mayor please tell me why the flooding of corozal central park with alcoholics? This flooding can be eliminated. Is it because this type of flooding gives you no direct economic benefit to you?

  2. ernesto says:

    I can not find more dump and stupid goverment that Dean Barrow, istead of fixing the road once and for all , these @$$ holes, keep filing the roads with sand and gravel , and give the contract to fellow @$$ holes, lets be honest, even with floding , istead of fixing the drainage to protect business and people, they give a contract to UDP thugs to clean the water.
    by fixing all propblems and inviting direct forigh investment, belize wil develope.
    UDP si fooling people by little contracts here and there.

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