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Jun 2, 2008

Tropical Storm Arthur wreaks havoc nationwide

Story PictureWhen a hurricane is threatening Belize we traditionally cross our fingers and keep a close watch on the Eastern horizon. But over the weekend, while steady rains marked an early end to the dry season, a relatively weak Pacific tropical storm name Alma broke up over the mountains of Central America and regrouped over northwest Belize into the barest of Atlantic tropical storms named Arthur. But what Arthur lacked in the way of winds he more than made up for with rain. Estimates of ten to fifteen inches fell in crucial areas from Corozal to Toledo, filling rivers that soon overflowed their banks. Particularly hard hit were the waterways running through the country’s citrus belt: the North Stann Creek, Mullins, Sittee and Kendal rivers. As a result of the raging waters the Hummingbird Highway was washed out near Middlesex, several villages were isolated and the bridge at Kendal totally destroyed, thus severing the Southern Highway and isolating the Toledo and Southern Stann Creek districts from the rest of the country. News Five’s Janelle Chanona is just back from a grueling road trip to the south and she joins me in the studio.

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