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National Hydrological Service issues flood report

Our Central American neighbours are not the only ones monitoring Tropical Storm Cristobal.  Our local weather experts are keeping their eyes on the effects of Cristobal as it will spell rainy days for Belize.  Via the Government Press Office, the team at the National Hydrological Service (NHS) issued a flood report and forecast for Belize.

Our Central American neighbours are not the only ones monitoring Tropical Storm Cristobal.  Our local weather experts are keeping their eyes on the effects of Cristobal as it will spell rainy days for Belize.  Via the Government Press Office, the team at the National Hydrological Service (NHS) issued a flood report and forecast for Belize.  In the report citizens are being advised to avoid flooded rivers and motorists should avoid crossing flooded bridges, roads and highways.   When it comes to the river conditions, the National Hydrological Service has reported that the Blue Creek Sub catchment of the Rio Hondo is already and the levels have exceeded the historical levels recorded during Hurricane Mitch.  Meanwhile the New River continues to rise slowly but remains below its banks. On the Macal River, reservoir levels remain below the spillways at Chalillo, Mollejon and Vaca facilities. At San Ignacio, levels remain below the low-level bridge but is gradually rising while the Mopan River at Benque Viejo Town has exceeded its banks and continues to rise. On the Belize River, levels at Banana Bank crested at a high level but is falling. In Crooked Tree, the lagoon is below the causeway but is rising. Meanwhile at Double Run, levels are steadily rising. On the Haulover Creek near Chetumal Street Bridge, levels are normal and steady. On the Burdon Canal the level is normal and steady.  The Sibun River near Freetown Sibun is currently flooded and has exceeded its banks. On the Coastal Road the bridge near La Democracia, is impassable of due to flood waters. Levels are steady on the Southern Lagoon near Gales Point Village. The Sittee River at Kendal Bridge is steady; the Rio Grande is normal steady; the Temash River near Crique Sarco is steady. Over the next twenty-four hours local weather experts predict that the Rio Hondo is expected to continue to rise at Blue Creek and downstream at San Roman, Santa Cruz and Douglas. The New River is expected to increase slowly. The Mopan will continue to increase slowly; the Macal will continue to increase gradually; Banana Bank flood levels will continue to fall becoming steady later today. On Lower Belize River, lagoon levels will continue to rise at Crooked Tree. Double Run will approach bank full stage.  Sibun River will continue to rise at Democracia and Freetown.