Flooding in the city
Torrential rains on Thursday night caused flooding in most parts of the city. The municipal airstrip had to be closed…some schools including St. John’s Sixth Form called off classes and in many areas residents had to wade through water to get out of their homes. While the water has receded from some streets and yards, brace up because more rains are expected tonight. Duane Moody reports.
Via Phone: Francisca Wellington, National Met Service
“What happened…we had an increase of moisture from yesterday afternoon gradually increasing over us. Already, we had unstable conditions a lot; in addition to that there is a stationary front in the Bay of Campeche so all of that led to the instability and alas; it came down last night.”
For about ten hours, torrential rains pounded the majority of the country. And, with the constant rains, came a perennial issue in Belize City…flooding. This morning, in the midst of inundated streets, motorists and pedestrians waded through the waters to get to work, school and just about anywhere in the Old Capital. By eight-thirty a.m., classes for several schools were called off and students were asked to remain at home. The runway at the municipal airstrip was also under water and the Belize Airports Authority caused closure of the runways for Maya and Tropic flights. The two domestic airlines had to divert to the Phillip Goldson International Airport. Adding to the foot-deep of water on some streets was the high tide. The rains eventually ceased and the waters receded, but the forecast is for a repeat of last night’s weather says the National Met Service.
“Actually we can see a repeat of this tonight. Yesterday, we had showers and thunderstorms that developed inland moving to the coast during the course of the night and this morning. So these showers and thunderstorms will gradually die out this morning and develop again over inland areas and we will have a repetition. Currently we are having rain over Orange Walk and Corozal and we have heavier showers along the coast of Dangriga. So during the course of this morning, these will die out and develop inland again this afternoon.”
According to Wellington, the weekend will be hot and rainy. Duane Moody for News Five.
So the weather forecast is for more rains tonight and over the weekend.