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Jun 4, 2020

Flood Report and Forecast

Parts of the country, in the north and central regions, are at flood stage. Residents in flood prone areas and near waterways are advised to be alert. The Hydrology Unit issued its latest flood forecast today at noon and Principal Hydrologist Tennielle Hendy says that while some rivers are in flood stage some communities are experiencing rising waters as a result of the rains being pushed by the system in Campeche Bay.

 

On the Phone: Tennielle Hendy, Principal Hydrologist, Hydrology Unit

“For the country of Belize, we have flooding concentrated in the north of the country, as well as in the central region. From the flood forecast, we notice that the Rio Hondo which is a transboundary system is in flood stage at this time and so downstream communities such as San Antonio, San Roman, Santa Cruz and Douglas would see fairly rising waters. On the New River, at Caledonia, the water has over flown the banks and continues to rise. At the Sibun River, which is near Freetown-Sibun in Hattieville, the river is flooded and it continues to rise. We are seeing these events, the flooding happening, because of the system that is now in the Bay of Campeche, which is meandering between the bay and Mexico. So, as long as these rains continue to persist the way it is, there is a direct correlation to the rise in the river levels. So, like with anywhere when you have thee concentrated, persistent systems we should see some type of rise in the river levels which results in flooding most of the time.”


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