Many areas across the country are still coping with the horrendous flooding brought on from the two hurricanes in November. For residents already having to use makeshift bridges the current rains may be the straw that breaks the camel’s back. Love news reached out to Michelle Smith-Augustine Deputy Chief Meteorologist at the national meteorological service of Belize to say if today’s downpour is indicative of weather conditions to come.
Michelle Smith-Augustine, Deputy Chief Meteorologist: “A cold front did pass over the country on Monday night and then the front stalled just south of Belize and then it retrogressed and moved back across the country starting yesterday and that is why we had the rainfall activity that we had today because the front basically weakened over the area. For tonight and tomorrow for the most part tonight and tomorrow morning yes we should see the rains continuing especially tonight for the Belize City area but by tomorrow we should see a decrease over the Belize City area then most of the activity is expected to shift more north over the northern districts. So citizens in the northern part of the country should see an increase in rainfall.”
Augustine also noted that areas having overly saturated soil from previous rains should see a slight increase in flood levels over the next few days. The flooding situation in several areas continue and the Belize Coast Guard have activated its humanitarian efforts as explained by the Acting Commander Gregory Soberanis.
Gregory Soberanis, Acting Commandant, Coast Guard: “Currently our main effort is in Crooked Tree, the community of Crooked Tree where we provide that service for the residents of Crooked Tree to transit across the lagoon. As you know the water levels there are extremely high. Initially in the first phase we were out west in Calla Creek in that whole Cayo district. The second phase, because the water has moved down so we’re now initially in the Belize River Valley but now primarily in the area of Crooked Tree. So we continue to conduct our humanitarian operations in that area”