It rained and rained and rained over the weekend, as an area of low pressured dumped over a foot of rainfall mostly over the northern part of Belize. Belize City was the area hit the hardest as extreme flooding called for emergency planning and action (Click Here).
But despite all that rain, the situation in San Pedro, Ambergris Caye was mostly wet with no major flooding or emergency situations taking place. The San Pedro Town Council and the San Pedro Emergency Operations Committee (EOC) did report though, that a family of three individuals was evacuated from their home early Sunday morning and that they remain in a shelter. Boat owners had the difficult task of keeping their vessels afloat and properties remain waterlooged and/or flooded, but the cobblestone streets in downtown San Pedro drained quickly and made for ease of getting around.
A tour of the island of Ambergris Caye was conducted by all members of the EOC on Sunday afternoon in which they report that several areas of the island were observed to be inundated especially along the lagoon in the areas of San Mateo, Boca del Rio, San Juan, San Pedrito and San Pablo and in some areas of DFC. Most of the inconveniences on the island are waterlogged properties, leaky buildings and flooded streets. Twelve inches of water has been recorded in some of the lower areas of the island. The EOC also observed sever beach erosion along the eastern beach coastline of the island.
Because of the inundated areas and extreme levels of high tides and for health concerns, following the rain in the afternoon, the EOC has decided that there be no classes today Monday, October 19, for the entire island of San Pedro Town and Caye Caulker.
The National Emergency Management Organization (NEMO) informs the general public that the area of low pressure continues to produce showers and thunderstorm activity. This system will continue to produce heavy rainfall across coastal, northern and western Belize as the Belize National Meteorological Services’ 24-hour forecast calls for Cloudy to overcast with several showers, thunderstorms or periods of light rain over northern portions of the country. A few showers or thunderstorms will develop elsewhere.
Water taxi runs to Belize City remain on schedule for today and flights to Belize City were diverted to the Phillip Goldson International Airport until further notice. Travelers are asked to keep updated with transportation services for their traveling needs. NEMO advises all residents to be alert on any official updates.
San Pedro Town Council Staff, NEMO and EOC conducted checks in all residential areas of the island yesterday, Sunday October 18
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