Flooding in Cayo: once bitten twice shy says Mayor Earl Trapp Junior Print E-mail
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Thursday, 26 October 2017 00:00

The local authorities in San Ignacio continue to keep a watchful eye on the Macal River on Wednesday after it had receded about two feet at last report on Tuesday. Almost incessant rains over the last few days has caused both the Macal and the Mopan Rivers to rise. The hammock bridge in Arenal village was overturned by the raging Mopan earlier this week.

On Wednesday morning Mayor Earl Trapp Junior informed market vendors to go back to their working places after having feedback from both the National Emergency Management Organization NEMO and the Weather Bureau.  On Tuesday, Mayor Earl Trapp had been making the rounds at the market informing vendors to evacuate after warnings from NEMO and “knowing three dams were spilling over.”

“Once bitten twice shy, last year August for Hurricane Earl many people were not heeding to call and many lost goods,” reports Mayor Trapp, who also said that the market vendors in San Ignacio did heed his warnings this time.

A release from the Department of Transport on Tuesday had advised all motorists and the general public that the Iguana Creek Bridge used to go towards Spanish Lookout from the George Price Highway and the Low Lying Wooden Bridge used to go from Santa Elena to San Ignacio were closed to all traffic due to flooding. It also noted that the New Bridge which is accessible through the Loma Luz Boulevard will now be used as the Entry into San Ignacio Town. The Hawkesworth Bridge remains as “one way” for traffic leaving San Ignacio Town towards Santa Elena and onwards, stated the release.

Despite the closing of the low lying wooden bridge between San Ignacio and Santa Elena due to flooding there was no motor vehicle congestion in both the Twin Towns.  Mayor Earl Trapp Junior attributes this to his colleague,  the Minister of Works the Hon. Rene Montero, for having the vision of installing a brand new double lane bridge in Santa Elena.