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Jun 2, 2008

Gales Point, Sittee River villages inundated

Story PictureJanelle Chanona
Okay, I’m gonna try to walk us through what we’re gonna see. Rick if you could just roll the footage. It’s just in and I have to say I’m not sure what this is. We think this is Galespoint Manatee and whoo … I’m breathless. The sea has converged with the lagoon and totally inundated the Galespoint Manatee community.

Marleni Cuellar
These were shot in the morning?

Janelle Chanona
Yes, these were taken this morning, I believe, by Patrick Jones of Love TV who was gracious enough to share this footage after a snafu prevented us from getting our own shots. This is, I believe, I little bit further down the coast. This would be Dangriga, maybe Hopkins. I can’t tell from this vantage. It is Dangriga, it is Dangriga. Rick is pointing out the cemetery there. obviously, they’ve been affected by low lying areas being flooded.

Marleni Cuellar
It looks like the river.

Janelle Chanona
Exactly, you have to think that all the water that we were talking about earlier is making its way to the sea and swelling the Stann Creek River here. Wow. I could just imagine the current.

Marleni Cuellar
You can see it. You can see it.

Janelle Chanona
Exactly. This is the bridge. This is the Kendal Bridge. This is aerial of what we showed you a few minutes ago and like I said, Marleni, if you look closely you can’t see where the ridge is unless it’s under water but there’s no indication of where the pieces went. I can only guess that it’s either underwater or it’s further down. So that’s Kendal.

Marleni Cuellar
That’s a sizeable gap. We talked earlier about people travelling over by dories and trying to brave it across the river.

Janelle Chanona
Yes, and Marleni we have to remember that this isn’t just an inconvenience. Basically, this severs our entire northern part of the country with the south and that affects primarily our oil industry because B.N.E.’s trucks can’t make it down south. This affects our shrimp industry because the shrimp that’s produced in this area can’t make it to port.

Marleni Cuellar
You also think about tourism.

Janelle Chanona
Exactly, tourists. A missed flight is one thing but it affects tourists coming into the country and our rice industry. We were talking, late last week about a shortage of rice and as much rice as we can get out of Toledo is to our benefit. So it’s happening down south but what has happened in the south will affect all of us so we have to exercise a little bit of patients and make sure that we realize that this is a serious disaster as the Prime Minister called it. This is a national emergency.

Marleni Cuellar
And even so, as you can see today, the end of the road for you was Kendal so we don’t know what happened down south.

Janelle Chanona
“Yeah, if there was any further damage. Yeah.

Marleni Cuellar
So those are thing that obviously going to come out as the week progresses.

Janelle Chanona
Exactly.


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