Meteorologists Warn of Potential Weekend Flooding in Northern Belize

Meteorologists Warn of Potential Weekend Flooding in Northern Belize

The Coastal Plains Highway is not the only area in Belize that will have cause for concern for flooding over the weekend. The National Meteorological Service says that the weather system that caused this week’s rains is moving north providing a temporary break in rainfall. However, with more rains coming over the weekend, residents of northern Belize should be on the lookout. Here’s Deputy Chief Meteorologist Michelle Augustine with the outlook for this weekend.

Michelle Augustine, Deputy Chief Meteorologist: “Going into the weekend, starting with tonight and tomorrow we expect a gradual decrease in shower activity. Specifically for the northern part of the country it is still possible to get a few showers and isolated tonnage farms. That’s tonight through tomorrow. But the rest of the country should see a decrease in shower activity overall. Going into the weekend, we expect far less rainfall simply because the system is basically on its way to the Bay of Campeche. The area of low pressure that was affecting the country for the past few days have moved more over to the Bay of Campeche and so with that most of the moisture associated with that system has moved away from the country. But like I said earlier we still expect some moisture to linger over the northern districts.”

Based off the data provided by the Met Office, the National Hydrological Service has identified several areas that should be on high alert. Hydrologist Carmelita Blanco explained where those areas are.

Carmelita Blanco, Hydrologist, NHS: “The National Hydrological Service has issued a flood forecast and we are advising residents to be on the alert as there is a high chance of flooding in the Rio Hondo and the New River. For this, urbanized flood alert is in effect for low-lying areas in the northern and coastal part of the country. Then I would also like to add that flood warning is also in effect for the Sibun and Sittee River and the surrounding areas, including the creeks and stream. Let me mention that for this, the Sibun River, specifically Freetown Sibun levels have exceeded the bank full stage and is expected to continue increasing. Residents are advised that parts of the road leading to the Freetown Sibun may be impassable.”

Blanco encouraged the public to stay tuned to official information channels as the situation is subject to change.

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