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Oct 21, 2021

CEMO Activated and Monitoring Flood Conditions in Belize City

CEMO has been activated and continues to monitor the flood conditions going into tonight as it is expected that the rains will continue. On Wednesday and again today, CEMO Liaison Officer at the Belize City Council Melony Dawson, the City Engineer, and a field officer went into flood prone areas after receiving multiple calls of flooding across the city. The assessment was that while homes were not inundated, accessibility was an issue as some roads were under several inches of water. Dawson told News Five today that if the situation worsens, shelters will be opened to provide assistance to affected persons.

 

Melony Dawson

Melony Dawson, CEMO Liaison Officer, Belize City Council

“We’ve been in communication with NEMO, the national organization and the met office as well, so we have been getting information in to let us know how we should prepare. So when it comes to preparation we are ready, everyone is on standby and right now it is just to execute our task that should be done throughout the day.  We went in the Belama area yesterday, phase three four and the extended five. We went in the Krooman Lagoon area which was surprisingly very calm. Today, we will hit the other areas such as Jane Usher area cause we do have flood prone areas there. And if we receive any calls, that will let us know and make the job easier. Since the rains have been coming for a couple days now, I do know residents have been taking heed.  I would like to let them know to not let your guards down; the rains will continue throughout today and tonight, it should be expected to get heavier. So residents, if you are in a flood prone area and you have a family member that lives on higher ground, you can just go to them just for the night until the rain stops. Elevate your equipment in your home, put them higher. If anyone should need assistance for shelter, we will be open to accommodate anyone so you can call Belize City Council or NEMO as well and we will be able to assist if needs be.”


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