Coastal flooding from Essequibo Coast to Corentyne – April 28 2013 – updates

Overtopping of Seawall  – video

Gusty Winds propel Coastal flooding from Essequibo Coast to Corentyne

Written by Denis Scott Chabrol    Demerara Waves
Sunday, 28 April 2013 09:53
 Several coastal communities from the Essequibo Coast to the Corentyne were Sunday morning under several inches of floodwater due to extremely high tides worsened by gusty winds, authorities said.Public Works Minister, Robeson Benn confirmed that a drainage sluice (koker) at Windsor Castle, Essequibo Coast has been damaged by the force of the waves. He said a team has been deployed to begin remedial works there.He said the Rupert Craig Highway would remain closed until Monday morning because the next high tide would be at 3 PM Sunday. The height would be 2.94 meters.  Authorities are expected to clean up a thick and slippery sludge is left behind whenever the water recedes.The high tide and closure of the area means that there would not be the usual Sunday evening ‘lime’ on the seawall.On the outskirts of central Georgetown, in the Liliendaal-Blygezight area, residents woke up to several inches of heavily silted coffee brown water in their yards. The Public Works Minister said that although the Liliendaal pump was working, several drains and trenches in the area were blocked preventing the water from running off the land.            “The tertiary drainage is blocked up all around so the water has no where to go even though there is capacity at the Liliendaal Pump Station to take the water,”  he said. Workers were feverishly cleaning some of the blockages ahead of efforts with the Georgetown City Council to do some more work in Bel Air, northern Kitty, Subryanville.Benn said Sunday morning’s tide was not expected to be so high, an occurrence he attributed to gusty winds on the Atlantic Ocean. He explained that the tide was 3.11 meters high plus another 1.5 meters of waves were riding on top. “There is some disturbance out there. They checked up to yesterday (Saturday) afternoon and there wasn’t anything showing up on the meteorological…” he said.

Other flood affected areas include Skeldon, Den Amstel, Groen Veldt and Uitlvlugt, Leonora.

Read reports: Gusty winds propel spring tide coastal flooding – April 28, 2013

Aftermath of seawall overtopping… Sunday’s seawall lime to be relocated

APRIL 30, 2013 | BY KNEWS |

After three consecutive years of similar scenarios, emergency works continue as the Ministry of Public Works clear silted and weed-choked drains and canals yesterday. Coastal Guyana was continuing to be drenched with flood waters due to extremely high tides combined with severe winds.

As a result, on the East Coast Demerara the Sunday seawall lime between Subryanville and Conversation Tree would be relocated. That area attracts a huge garbage pile-up that clogs the drainage system, Public Works Minister Robeson Benn said yesterday.

Benn explained that each Monday, the Public Works Department deploys sanitation crews to clean garbage left behind from persons who party on the seawall Sunday evenings. The surrounding drains would normally be filled with garbage.
The litter prevents water from the high tide from exiting the drain into canals that feed into the Liliendaal and Kitty pumping stations. He said that the longer term measures to beat back rising sea levels would be to plant mangroves.

Acknowledging that in the surrounding areas residents are in some distress, he said that from Subryanville to Liliendaal, East Coast Demerara the people have been the worst affected.  [more]

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  •  On April 29, 2013 at 2:14 pm

    This Benn guy is a real idiot. What does he expect ??? Does he not get that it’s his job to ensure that all elements of the system are functional …..not just the pumps.

  • Rosaliene Bacchus  On April 29, 2013 at 4:43 pm

    The face of climate change in Guyana?

  • Cyril Balkaran  On April 30, 2013 at 11:19 am

    What Mr. Benn and company needs to do is to develop a master plan for National Flooding that will look at all aspects of our drainage and irrigation system throughout the country. This must be presented to P[arliament and supplementary votes must be found for this National Plan. Something is definitely wrong with the Nation’s Planning Commission. We need to be more proactive in our Sea wall defence Programs!

  • N Augustus  On May 2, 2013 at 3:54 pm

    Cyril – Of course, there must be a master plan that first takes in all factors and seek to deal with rthem in an immediate, intermediate and long term basis, in doable phases and metrics. With the current state of local government and residents atitudes, government must assume the overall pre and post planning for flooding. They must also immediately address the individual behavior that causes the clogging and find ways of legally dealing with them before and not just after floods. The problem need year round monitoring and action not after flooding. It is very frustrating to see a constant failure by officials who are not proactive and individuals who simply do not give a d*mm. As the bible say “God forgive them, for they know not what they do”, which applies to most things in Guyana.

  • Leslie Chin  On December 29, 2014 at 1:57 pm

    “Go and make yourself a plan and be a guiding light then make yourself another plan for neither will come out right.” Mrs. Peacham, the Beggar’s Opera

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