Freak storm descends on San Ignacio Print E-mail
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Thursday, 29 June 2017 00:00

A freak storm descended upon San Ignacio Town and Bullet Tree Falls for about two hours at about midday on Saturday inundating several streets and clogging drains in the surrounding areas. For a temporary period portions of the access road to Bullet Tree Falls had become covered by water.

As a result of the surprise storm,  Minister of the National Emergency Management Organization NEMO the Hon. Edmund Castro was prompted to make a quick visit to the area to meet with the Representative for the Cayo North Division the Hon. Omar Figueroa and the Mayor of San Ignacio and Santa Elena Earl Trapp Junior. The Hon. Edmund Castro was also able to communicate with the Cayo Central Representative the Hon. Rene Montero, who is also the Minister of Works. Al Westby was on the ground coordinating Government’s emergency response to those affected by the harbinger weather conditions.

Minister Figueroa says that while there was a tour of the affected area there were also talks on how to mitigate future flooding like the most recent one. He said that there is funding available for countries to cope with climate change and talks between himself and NEMO minister centered on how these can be accessed.

Given the hilly landscape of San Ignacio and during such a heavy downpour, water rushed  towards a lower elevation in the heavily drained areas. Over the past year the San Ignacio and Santa Elena Town Council has invested considerable resources in building proper drainage areas behind the Sacred Heart High School and most recently by the Santa Elena Sports Complex.

The recent visit by the Hon. Edmund Castro to Western Belize has underscored a commitment to be more proactive in addressing the resultant effects of climate change. His visit also paved the way for corrective measures to be put in place in flood prone areas.

Of note is the quick response by authorities to the after effects of the excesses of the rains. Shortly after the rains abated, personnel from the town council was quick to respond to the low lying bridge to clear debris that had accumulated and which would have pressed on the bridge. Those responding included Mayor Earl Trapp who supervised as workers quickly cleared the problematic debris.