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Jun 18, 2020

Flooding Continues in Northern Villages!

So, as you heard so far there is flooding along the George Price, Hummingbird and Southern Highways. But moving north, there has been flooding for over two weeks.  Several villages are still under water and although it is receding, NEMO District Coordinator, Elodio Aragon Senior says that they expect more flooding in the coming days as a result of the heavy rainfall. Tonight, one hundred people remain in shelters up north. Aragon Senior tells us more.


On the Phone: Elodio Aragon Sr., NEMO Coordinator

“At the moment we still have the situation of the some flooding at San Antonio; San Roman; Douglas; Santa Cruz and now Santa Martha. The flooding there is not from the rains last night. It is water that has been running down from the mountains, high places into the rivers and that has created the flooding. Right now we can still say that the water is slowly going down in all the villages. The thing is that probably in the next two days if there is too much water from the rains then they are going to be flooded because then the water will begin to run into our area and that is usually what happens. After two to three days the water that runs from the Mexican mountains will get into our rivers and then we feel the effects and it won’t be right now but it might be two or three days.”


Andrea Polanco

“So, how high is the water there in those villages?”


On the Phone: Elodio Aragon Sr.

“The last time they were four feet high and right now it is about two and a half. It is coming down, moving down slowly and so with these rains we will now have to be ready for the next two days.”


Andrea Polanco

“You still have people there in shelters?”


On the Phone: Elodio Aragon Sr.

“Yes we do have people in shelters. Some of them come out on their own but we do have some. In Nueva San Juan we have forty two who have come out of Douglas and we also have fifty-eight people who have come out and they are in San Pablo.”


Aragon says that earlier today Guinea Grass experienced a little bit of flash floods, but the water receded quickly.

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