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MAYOR TRAPP SPEAKS ON FLOOD RELIEF EFFORTS IN CAYO

Flood waters have receded for the most part in the west but residents are still reeling from the damages they have left behind.  Our news team was in San Ignacio today and spoke with Mayor Earl Trapp who gave us an overview on the areas that were affected.

Earl Trapp, Mayor, San Ignacio/ Santa Elena: “It certainly has been a devastation in certain areas that have really put a negative impact on residents and the council. Basically some residents had to be displaced because they were living in the low lying areas but now they are basically returned to almost normalcy as we still the river continues to go down. So it is still to a level that is manageable or a level that people can still live by the river side. Basically we have been affected mostly in the outskirts of San Ignacio and Santa Elena in the outer communities whereby we have seen the birth of many spring so the water is like a pipe it’s broken under the ground and the water continues to filter so this has definitely put a strain on us and we continue to repair these bad roads and these streets in the mostly in the outskirts of San Ignacio and Santa Elena. I can say to the residents that we continue to work arduously in restoring back the streets to driving conditions and it’s my hope and our hope that before Christmas we should have the majority of our streets back to normalcy.”

Love News travelled just outside of San Ignacio Town to Clarissa Falls resort not for a leisurely stay, but to visit four families of the calla creek that have been displaced for nearly a month after losing everything in recent floods. The Clarissa Falls resort faced economic hardship amid the start of Covid pandemic and decided to close their doors, however it has become home to these families since November seven when they were evacuated. Love News spoke to one of the residents Henry Ramirez who shared his experience being evacuated through the rushing flood waters.

Henry Ramirez, Call Creek Resident: “We were not sure because that house was two story only three posts on the side and three posts on that side and we were afraid that the house could turn over or something can happen because we were there about ten persons on that house right up there and we were scared because what if the house turned over and thanks to the Coast Guard that they reached that day and they took us out from there my brother, my sister-in-law, two kids who are back in San Pedro and then my brother and sister who were right there too and they took us out from there. It was a little bit scary crossing across the river, coming out from the house was good because water is calm it didn’t have much current but we had to cross the river which was the problem that day and thanks to the Coast Guard that were brave enough so that they tried with their crew and they went across and they said it’s okay to go across and then we were the first ones to go across the river and come out on this side.”

Ramirez also noted he is remaining optimistic and is still looking forward to spending the Christmas at home with his family.