Hydrological Service releases flood forecast

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Tropical Storm Lisa formed this morning in the Caribbean Sea and is expected to make landfall in Belize later this week 

BELIZE CITY, Mon. Oct. 31, 2022

The National Hydrological Service has informed the public that rivers across the country are expected to possibly rise to the flood stage with the passing of Tropical Storm Lisa, which is expected to make landfall between Wednesday and Thursday. Waterways in most areas are expected to continue receding (after their levels peaked due to recent floods) and to remain at relatively normal levels until rains from Tropical Storm Lisa increase the level of those waterways to the flood stage.

In Region 7 the Rio Hondo and the New River are both expected to remain at above-normal levels, with an expected increase later in the week. In Region 9 on the Mopan, Macal, and Belize Rivers and the Crooked Tree Lagoon, waters are receding, but these areas are expected to become flooded with the passage of TS Lisa.

In Region 11, over the next two days, the Sibun River and Southern Lagoon are projected to continue receding. Decreasing water levels are expected in the eastern slopes of the Mayan Mountain and Sittee River at Kendal Bridge as well. The Monkey River, Deep River, and Rio Grande were expected to be below normal levels and to be decreasing as well. Those areas are expected to become more flooded with the passage of TS Lisa.

And in Region 13, the Sarstoon River will remain at a normal level for now, but is also expected to increase to the flood stage level once the storm passes.