Flash Flood in Western Belize Print E-mail
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Friday, 22 November 2013 00:00

cayo flood.jpg - 78.73 KbSome eight hours of torrential rains last Wednesday night resulted in flash floods in the Santa Elena Town and other Areas of the Cayo District, resulting in discomfort for many. The flash flood had by 8:30 a.m., on November 14th, prompted a Public Advisory from the National Emergency Management Organization, which stated that some 20 families in the Santa Elena area behind Three Flags and up to the cemetery had experienced a flash flood early in the morning.

The business place of Joe Marr by the football stadium in Santa Elena Town was flooding while his children were trying to salvage furniture from the rising waters. Many residents spent early Thursday morning of last week cleaning the inside of their houses and trying to save some of their most precious belongings.

Both approaches to the Cristo Rey Bridge had been washed away but by early Thursday the Hon. Rene Montero, Minister of Works, and his team had made an assessment. Workmen continued to work into the late hours of the evening last Thursday to re-connect the Cristo Rey Bridge.

A family was saved from the flash floods in the Hillview Area as their house had temporarily become a flotation device, with a portion of the house lifting off its concrete foundation posts.

The heavy rains also resulted in the closure of the low-lying bridge between San Ignacio and Santa Elena, which has just been repaired after the last flood. The wooden bridge that connects both Towns was re-opened by the Weekend without any major damage to its structure.

Just a few miles away, books from the Library at Galen University had be salvage after the flood had passed through overnight. But thankfully Galen University students were able to continue taking classes at their other Campus in Belmopan.

Last Updated on Friday, 22 November 2013 15:28