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Ministry of Works monitoring infrastructure amid flood alert

The Ministry of Works has dispatched its personnel to vulnerable areas across the country to monitor the effects of the flooding on its infrastructure. Ministry of Works officials is making assessments with an aim to avoid a reoccurrence of what happened back in June at mile thirty-eight when the culvert was washed away. Irvin Thimbriel, the ministry’s senior executive engineer spoke to Love News to give us a better idea of the areas that are being monitored.

Irvin Thimbriel, Senior Executive Engineer, Ministry of Works: “We have our teams from the different zones going around and checking all the vulnerable areas. Because we’ve been doing this for so long we know where the vulnerable areas are. We’re also checking structures like bridges and culverts to ensure that there is no problem at all. If anything should arise that we can deal with right now we are going to deal with. For example there’s a landslip at Mile 25 on the Hummingbird our people are mobilizing right now and they’re dealing with that. Whatever we can do to keep the roads open we’re going to do that. As of now there is no situation where we have to close any major highway. We’re very experienced with this. The Ministry of Works has to have been doing this or we have been doing this for a very long time and every time these disasters come around yes we believe we’re taking care of the public.”

Reporter: What are some of those vulnerable areas ? 

Irvin Thimbriel, Senior Executive Engineer, Ministry of Works: “Alright we have the Mount Pleasant area, we have an area after the zoo on the western highway, we have the areas of potential landslips on the Hummingbird, there’s one at St.Margarets on the Hummingbird. We have some other areas where the water goes across a road on the Southern Highway-I think it’s in Medina Bank among others- we will continue to do our best. This is something that we expect is going to be continuing for a couple of days and we will continue to try to do our best to ensure that we continue to service the roads, bridges and culverts that people will be able to go about their business as per normal.”

Major flooding is expected in the Belize River Valley, the 8-mile community and in Ladyville.