Friday, October 31, 2008

Stranded on the "Island" of Santa Familia

We had heavy floodings in Cayo these last weeks and for a few days, Santa Familia was cut off from the rest of the country. We couldn't go to Spanish Lookout and we couldn't go to Bullet Tree, because the roads were flooded, culverts were broken and overall the whole are was in a catastrophic state. Our house is still high enough, so nothing happened to us, but some of our neighbours who live close to the river were very afraid that the water would reach their houses, as it happened in Bullet Tree and Calla Creek, where people were evacuated by boat. NEMO, the national emergency organization in Belize, the BDF, the Belize Defense Force, and government agencies helped with supplies by air and boat. Our biggest problem right now is the flooded well in the village, which supplies water to the 3000 villagers via the tank. Robbie has been in the village for 3 days now, working together with the Village Chairman, the Area Representative and the Rural Development Dept. plus a few of her Waterboard Members, to clean the pump, shock the well with chlorine and try to get everything working again. I washed dishes with rain water and myself with a bucket. But we, the "Ladies of the Lake" were safe all the time and didn't loose house and home like many others (see pictures and articles on the Channel 7 website).

A house in Bullet Tree ...


Please find more pictures and stories on the Channel 7 Website:

http://www.7newsbelize.com/sstory.php?nid=12434&frmsrch=1

Now the floodwater from our area is going down the Belize River and wreaking havoc in the Belize River Valley!! Many small villages are cut off and need to be evacuated by boat as well. The water has broken culverts on the Western Highway just after Belize City.



http://www.7newsbelize.com/sstory.php?nid=12526&frmsrch=1

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