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Aug 2, 2011

Toledo Villages experience flood

The National Emergency Management Organization (NEMO) has issued two advisories today for residents of the south. Torrential rains have affected several low-lying communities in the Toledo District including the villages of Golden Stream, Aguacate, Blue Creek Jordan and Bladen, which are tonight a few feet under water.  Approximately fifteen homes in Golden Stream have been reported under four feet of water, while in Aguacate flooding has raised the water level eight feet above the bridge.  NEMO has since closed the causeway to vehicular traffic despite the water level decreasing by mid-morning.  In Blue Creek which is situated to the northwest of Punta Gorda Town water was recorded at a foot above the bridge. That crossing has also been closed to vehicular traffic despite reports of water receding.  Affected residents in Golden Stream have moved to the community center while others have opted to stay with their relatives.  NEMO advises residents living in low-lying areas that are prone to flooding to remain on alert and, if necessary, be prepared to seek higher ground.  Drivers, meanwhile, are being reminded to exercise extreme caution and not to venture onto flooded roads and other areas susceptible to flash flooding.

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