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Nov 1, 2022

Krooman Lagoon Residents Brace for Impact

One of the areas of concern for severe flooding in Belize City is the Krooman Lagoon community. Residents there live on a swamp which they navigate using elevated pathways known as London bridges. It is common that the area floods whenever there is heavy rainfall. Now, with hurricane force winds and the level of downpour expected, these residents are at risk. But, not everyone is heeding the warning to evacuate. Some people have decided that they will take the gamble. Here is what News Five’s Paul Lopez found out today.

 

Paul Lopez, Reporting

Whenever there is heavy rainfall in Belize City, residents of Krooman Lagoon experience severe flooding. There are instances in the past where Belize Coast Guard officers had to risk their lives to rescue residents from rising waters. Today we met a group of young men clearing a bushy area in the community.

 

Voice of: Krooman Lagoon Resident #1

“Right now wih the chop out and thing because when the place get dry up a lot of snake come out and all kind of animal, big crocodile. We just kill ah eight foot one enna the area yah, yo dig.  Dah lone snake and thing and dende wah start guh eena people house when deh come out. Yo can’t the jeopardize people life like that yo dig. So, we have to get rid ah all deh bush and everything dah back yah, yo know.”

 

Floodwaters are not the only threat to residents in this area. When the water rises, snakes and crocodiles approach homes, putting the lives of many, including children at risk. We also spoke to a second resident off camera.

 

Voice of: Krooman Lagoon Resident #2

“Even crocodiles, all kinda animals the right yah eena water.”

 

Paul Lopez

“You ever see a crocodile in front your house?”

 

Voice of: Krooman Lagoon Resident #2

“Yes, right here I saw a crocodile, size like that. The children deh pick up two crocodile back yah.”

 

Several of the residents we spoke with in this community informed us that they are evacuating to higher grounds either inside a hurricane shelter or with family. On the other hand, there are those who have made the decision to weather the incoming storm inside their homes.

 

Voice of: Krooman Lagoon Resident #2

“Well to be honest, I don’t know yet sir. I don’t know what we wah do. I think wewah stay back yah. But, if something happen to we house then we gwen dah wah shelter. Fih this year this water nuh gone down fih nothing. Ih rain and come up and come up.”

 

Paul Lopez

What happens if it does flood and you have to move out last minute?”

 

Voice of: Krooman Lagoon Resident #2

“Yes we think about it, but we never come out from right yah before and deh thing deh. We never come out. But, once we house get damage and deh things, of course we going to the shelter and deh thing deh.”

 

Voice of: Krooman Lagoon Resident #1

“I nuh gwen nowhere. I wah stay dah my yard. I can’t run leff everything, make sure everything safe and make sure everything straight.”

 

Paul Lopez

“What happens if the place gets flooded?”

 

Voice of: Krooman Lagoon Resident #1

“Maybe the family wah have to guh but Iwah stay. I wah need fihtek care of the area and the people deh back yah.”

 

Reporting for News Five, I am Paul Lopez


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