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Jun 29, 2020

Flood Mitigation Project Underway in Yarborough

There is currently work being conducted on the canal in the Yarborough area of Belize City.  A number of piles are in the process of being laid as the Ministry of Works in collaboration with the Belize City Council is working overtime to further assist with flood mitigation efforts as well as proper drainage on Orange Street and other thoroughfares. Mayor Bernard Wagner says that the climate vulnerability reduction project, being funded by the Inter-American Development Bank, is in its initial stage.


Bernard Wagner

Bernard Wagner, Belize City Mayor

“That is a programme that was conceived I believe in the previous council; it is an IDB funding project. Climate Vulnerability Reduction Program where it focuses on those areas in the city that normally would flood during heavy rain and during hurricane. It deals with the Orange Street sector, Cemetery Road, Dean Street, King Street. Those areas are being rehabilitated with adequate drainage. The canals are being dug, lined where there is no lining yet. There will be two loose gates at the entrance of the Haulover Creek so that when the flooding occurs, in conjunction with the pumping station at Yarborough that is going to be constructed, that pumping station will be automatically started and it will begin to pump the water out of the city in a rapid pace. That program is well underway. It is being run by the Ministry of Works, spearheaded by the Ministry of Works along with some level of cooperation and collaboration with the city council. It’s in phase one right now. We do still have the pumping station to be put in place. That will be the largest component and that will be placed by the mouth of the Yarborough and the sea, where they meet. All the arrangements with the landowners in the area have been facilitated by the Ministry of Works so I don’t see no problem there. But this is a program that we support. Anything that alleviates flooding in our city, we want to support.”

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