City Council and Government to be blamed for floods – Engineers

City Council and Government to be blamed for floods – Engineers

NOVEMBER 30, 2013 | BY  |  – citizens urged to prepare for more floods

As more heavy rains are expected, the Ministry of Public Works has started a one week operation to unclog and clean some of the major trenches in Central Georgetown.
The project commenced yesterday and was led by Project Engineer, Mr. Khiraj Bisesar  The engineer noted that whilst this operation falls directly under the leadership of the Mayor and City Council, the Ministry of Public Works found it necessary to respond to this problem as the Council is failing to carry out its basic duties.

Work being done to bring to one of the outfall.

Photo: Work being done to bring to one of the outfall.

He said, “The rainfall we had on Wednesday last was the most intense shower we ever had in a six-hour period. Based on this, the Ministry of Public Works has decided that immediate works on the drains need to be done. It is high time the drains are cleaned because heavy showers are expected over the next couple of days.  

This work is being done to bring relief to certain areas and outfall channels within South Ruimveldt, Lodge, Albouystown, Charlestown, Central Georgetown and Queenstown are listed for cleaning.”
The engineer added that some drains were literally covered with garbage and he was appalled by the fact that City Hall has made no effort thus far to bring relief to certain areas.
While excessive amounts of garbage were removed from the drains yesterday, Bisesar said that quite a number of outfalls are heavily silted, especially those at Princes Street, Ruimveldt and Laing Avenue and that special work programmes will be launched to address these challenging areas.
He said, “We came in with a dredge and we had to end up changing our methodology because the cutter blades of the dredge were being clogged up with old tyres and pieces of wood and iron that were in the outfalls. So we had to bring in excavators to help cart away the debris.”
“We were also unable to properly desilt the Ruimveldt outfall because we discovered that one of the silt gates was not working.”
Meanwhile, other engineers on site expressed that the work is long overdue and that both Government and City Hall are to be blamed for the floods at this time.
One engineer who spoke with this publication said, “There are other important drains which require immediate cleaning and they are not listed under this project which has started. How much sense does it make to clean one trench and not clean another important one? You are cleaning the Ruimveldt drain but not the one at Sussex Street? Why is it that the Government always wait until this time of the year to put engineers under the pressure of fixing and cleaning drains and fixing pumps because they fail to take the precautionary methods? Why must we face the heat and be placed under pressure?”
“It is time that the government and City Hall stop this foolishness and slack behavior and deal with the drainage problem once and for all. If we don’t we will only be experiencing this problem year after year. “
Meanwhile the Ministry of Agriculture has informed that the Hydromet Office has recorded rains of intensity between 12 to 20 mm per hour over the Atlantic and if this persists, the flooding that occurred on Wednesday last may occur again.
According to the Ministry, the intensity of the rainfall remains highly abnormal and they are cautioning all citizens, especially those along the coast and Georgetown to take the necessary measures to guard against possible floods.

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  • Jenny  On 11/30/2013 at 1:03 pm

    GT getting an early Christmas present, compliments of Mother Nature. If not for the heavy rains, nothing would have been done. These fools should not be running Guyana. They still cannot understand that a government needs to be PRO-active not RE-active and GT is only one diseased area. They need to start earning those big, fat salaries and free lunches that they feast on.

  • Ron. Persaud  On 11/30/2013 at 2:12 pm

    What is it that the old people used to say about “building closet when you ready to —-“?
    I am trying to grapple with some terms and ideas in the above very lame attempt at the “blame game”.
    “..the Ministry of Public Works has started a one week operation…”
    From what I have read the neglected condition of the drainage system is widespread, well known and arrogantly ignored for a long time. I am intrigued to learn what magic they will perform to undo this collective dereliction of duty in one week!
    The “Engineers” cannot escape responsibility for the present state of misery that the citizens must be enduring.
    In my day, when the city flooded, bridges (mere planks) floated away, sewers backed up, ants and other nuisance insects sought higher ground (in our beds) and there was this great fear of ringworms and disease. Very often the slumlords lived elsewhere in town and would send their rent collectors every week to collect rent.
    They turned a blind eye and a deaf ear!
    So in times like these there was no one to turn to … except neighbors.
    And therein lies the magic of Albuoystown – outside the comprehension of all, except those who were there; looking out for each other’s kids who might slip off the road into the gutter and drown; volunteering their older children to go to the market for a neighbor or two. And things like that.
    And here is the irony.
    Messrs. Hamilton Greene, Cammie Ramsaroop, Sase Narine and maybe a few others still alive, know Albuoystown well because they had roots there.
    And they, like the slumlords of my youth, are turning a blind eye and a deaf ear.

  • Malcolm Singh  On 11/30/2013 at 3:52 pm

    That’s what you get for filling in all those canals and trenches built by the Dutch.
    You must clean out those canals and trenches and find somewhere to put the garbage.They allowed water to accumulate inside and later flowed to the ocean by opening the Kokers.
    Why not ask the Chinese Government to set up a recycling plant to process all this stuff.

  • Deen  On 11/30/2013 at 6:15 pm

    The coastland of Guyana has and will always be below sea level. It’s not rocket sciece that the land below sea level will always be prone to flooding. It’s therefore necessary to always have an efficient pump and drainage system that is effectively maintained to minimize the water problem. Why is this so complicated for those people who are responsible for drainage and irrigation to understand?
    Guyana has been better run and managed during the colonial days. Obviously the leaders of Guyana have demonstrated that they do not have the ability and the capacity to do the same. Over the decades since independence, the country has gradually slid into a state of decline and decadence.
    I’m an optimist, but where Guyana is concerned, the reality of its lack of effective leadership, the perpetual political divisiveness, and the pervasiveness of drugs, corruption, bribery and lack of law and order have eroded my optimism which now borders on hope and wishful thinking.
    A country that cannot simply handle its garbage and pollution problems will eventually have serious health issues and that is not an indicator for economic progress.

  • pame940  On 12/01/2013 at 5:57 am

    Why wait until the horse gets out of the stable to close the door. These things like garbage pileups, clogged drains and trenches should maintained regularly so that there are not floods. I used to play in the rain when I was little and even drowned in one when we lived in Kitty and they clean then but today if you tried to do that you would only catch typhoid or malaria. They should not wait until there is a flood to take action or buy pumps, good heavens they got Independance in 1966 and it was said – GUYANA WOULD FEED, CLOTHE AND HOUSE THEMSELVES. What happened. If Burnham was around that would not of happened.

  • Ron. Persaud  On 12/01/2013 at 9:51 am

    “If Burnham was around that would not of happened.”
    Quite true!
    He would have commanded the Directors, CEO’s and other high ranking officers to report with their cutlass on Sunday and wade into the trenches up to their armpits and remove the garbage.
    And sometime during the exercise, he would be sure to ride by on his trusted steed and indulge in trivial conversation with the people in the trenches..
    And next morning there would be a firing for anyone who had dared to ignore the summons of the previous day.
    Sorry for the rant.
    Some things are on instant recall.

  • Deen  On 12/01/2013 at 3:02 pm

    As I mentioned, since independence the country started to decline. Burnham and the PNC were in office when Guyana was relegated to the status of being the poorest country in the Western Hemisphere. This is a fact.
    It is indulging in wishful thinking, but if the British were still ruling Guyana, it would have been a more progressive country than it is today because they have the ability to govern. They would not have tolerated the moral fiber of the country to rot, they would not have tolerated all the bribery and corruption, they would not allowed the disgusting stench of stinking garbage littered all over the place, and they would not have allowed Georgetown, the Garden City of the Caribbean to disintegrate. They would have had efficient systems of drainage an irrigation, transportation in place as well as sanitation, education, law and order, and above all a stronger economy with prevailing peace and prosperity. That was the lstate of things we experienced during the pre independence years. Yes it was colonialism, but it was much better than the state of Guyana today.
    Sadly, the people of Guyana have to suffer the aftermath of poor political leadersip, racial divide and an exodus of a lot of skilled and professional people.

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