Hurricane season began on June 1. As many of you know, it’s always a bit more anxious time to be on the coast of Belize. Well, this season has already started off rough. Tropical Storm Arthur, the first named storm of the season, formed on May 31 off the coast of Belize. It proceeded to sit over southern Mexico and Belize and dump 10-15 inches of rain over the next few days. From the reports that we are getting from the field, almost the entire village at Gales Point was flooded. We’ve only been able to find a couple of small low-quality pictures, but perhaps they’ll help to visualize the situation.
Please pray that this will not be the start of a very rough hurricane season. Pray that God will have mercy on Gales Point and the mission base and all of Belize.
Gales Point is on a very narrow long peninsula that sticks out into the southern lagoon. Here’s an aerial shot of the village:
Here is what it currently looks like while it’s flooded:
UPDATE: I should note that these photos are from a couple days ago. From what we hear, the water has pretty much subsided in the village. The coast guard has been bringing in meals for them. As far as we know, there weren’t any injuries or deaths in Gales Point, but there is some damage and a lot of cleanup to do. Some of the main bridges are washed out, so travel will be very limited (access only by boat) until they can be repaired.