Floodwaters to affect the Belize River Valley
Levels of the Belize River – particularly in areas of the Belize River Valley – are expected to increase. The National Hydrological Service’s bulletin today says that the river near Big Falls, Willows Bank, Double Head Cabbage, Bermudian Landing, Isabella Bank, Flowers Bank, Maypen, Burrell Boom and Double Run will see increasing levels because the floodwaters move downstream to the coast. It’s a situation that Principal Hydrologist, Tennielle Hendy says requires great vigilance.
Tennielle Hendy, Principal Hydrologist: “On region 9 which is the Belize River and we can say more specifically the Belize River Valley communities the flood levels continue and as increasing levels we continue to expect as the floodwaters as well move downstream to the coast. It’s a bit challenging to say what depth of flooded water levels we will be expecting because we have such a differentiating flora and fauna terrain that we go over that it would be a bit challenging for us to say specifically one feet or two feet of water it just depends on the terrain, what the state of the river is and what the flow is coming in so basically we would try to be doing modeling that is done by software in our heads. But once we have flood levels coming into the country and our rivers are already elevated we can safely say that you will expect elevated flood levels in our region.”
The Hydrological Service advises citizens in the Belize River areas to exercise extreme caution.