Last night we told you about NEMO’s solution to the fire that’s
been at the city dump for more than a week. It’s dredging; the plan is
to pump water from the Burdon Canal into the dump – effectively flooding
out the fire. This morning Cisco Construction positioned their dredge fitted
with 12 inch pipes. They will pump between $200,000 to $300,000 gallons of water
per hour into the dump, inundating the fire. Francis Woods told us how it will
Francis Woods, Cisco Construction
“We have a 12 inch dredge and we hope to pump about 200,000 to 300,000
gallons of water an hour on the dump. It is connected to the Burdon Canal which
is connected to the Belize River which is then connected to the sea.”
How into fire will the other mouth of the pipe be?
“Probably about 2,000 feet into so we have a machine working on the
other end too. So it is basically like a giant excavator holding a garden hose and it is just a much bigger hose, so yeah that’s the plan. I think if
all goes well, the machine works proper and everything, we should have within
24 to 48 hours, there should be a substantial difference in it. But I would
not count on it being totally out until about Tuesday or Wednesday.”
Will it pump continuously?
“We’re trying to set it up so that it will pump at least 18
hours per day and we are going to try and set up for a 24 hour day.”
So you think this will be effective?
“Definitely yes it will be effective. It just might take a little
longer than we think but definitely it will be effective.”
At news time – the dredging still hadn’t started. Councillor
Phillip Willoughby told us test runs are still being conducted. Cisco Construction
effectively suppressed the fire the last time the dump was burning out of control
back in 2006.