Guyana: More flooding expected as spring tides hit coastlands

Guyana: More flooding expected as spring tides hit coastlands

February 20, 2015 | By | Filed Under News
A shopper moves gingerly through the floodwaters on Water St.

The floodwaters on Water St. Georgetown

Several villages will be bracing themselves for possible flooding today as current spring tides are expected to hit another high following flooding in a few areas yesterday, including the Stabroek Market and businesses and vendors along Water Street and Stabroek Market, Georgetown

The Ministry of Public Works yesterday issued an advisory, warning the general public to be on guard as spring tides are predicted to reach one of their highest levels today (Friday 20th). Today, a height of 3.34 metres is expected at 5:23pm. 

According to the ministry’s advisory, a number of areas are susceptible to possible flooding due to possible overtopping of defence structures by storm surges. The advisory further warned all mariners, including those operating fishing and larger vessels, to take adequate precautions. Use of beaches and foreshore areas for recreational purposes were also advised against.

The areas susceptible to possible flooding are:
Johanna Cecelia, Cullen/Perseverance – Essequibo Coast, along Pomeroon River banks
Moor Farm, Marionville/Bendorff, Good Success/Sans Souci, Melville/Sarah – Wakenaam Island
Cane Field/ Amsterdam, Blenheim/Endeavour – Leguan Island
La Retraite – W.B.D, Rotterdam/Crane, Anna Catherina to Leonora, W.C.D; Parika, Look Out/Grove, Salem/Sparta, E.B.E
Kitty, Georgetown to Ogle, E.C.D, Mosquito Hall and along the Mahaica River Banks – E.C.D; businesses and vendors along Water Street and Stabroek Market, Georgetown
Bush Lot/Maida, No. 74 to 76 Villages; Corentyne and along the banks of the Berbice and Canje Rivers

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Comments

  • Rosaliene Bacchus  On February 20, 2015 at 1:20 pm

    More suffering for the people.

  • Ron. Persaud  On February 22, 2015 at 12:55 pm

    You know? The Guyanese electorate should demand that each party provide a detailed “Drainage Plan” for the coast and riverain areas.
    And I mean detailed!
    The infrastructures, their costs, sources of funding, debt service charges, timeline and similar measurable controls.
    The same electorate must also commit to a grassroot campaign to clean up existing drainage impediments in their immediate environment; and regionally, each village council, town council (or whatever nomenclature or hierarchy is now in place) must embark on a program of enlightening the population on the critical importance of drainage to Guyana’s future.
    And then the electorate will be obliged to vote for the party with the optimum “Drainage Plan.”
    The problem as been articulated, documented, bandied about and ‘analyzed & parsed’ to death.
    I do not see images of the “one percent” wading through an ankle-deep, disease-dealing sludge.
    It is the “ninety-nine percent” who ‘work & slave’ … suffer … and VOTE!

  • Ron. Persaud  On February 22, 2015 at 1:01 pm

    …. and I forgot.
    Do not settle for delaying tactics like, feasibility studies, bidding process, committees etc.
    The party which can present such a plan will certainly get my vote.

  • Clyde Duncan  On February 23, 2015 at 7:24 pm

    Let me add – and if you do NOT believe in “Global Warming” and all that flows from that activity, check this out: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wE4ynZB0Wj0

    • Rosaliene Bacchus  On February 24, 2015 at 2:35 am

      Thanks for sharing the link to that video, Clyde. All the water from those melting glaciers and ice sheets are raising the level of our oceans.

  • Clyde Duncan  On February 25, 2015 at 6:01 am

    I was just checking out the news in Iceland and feel compelled to share the news of these tourists who allegedly left their children unsupervised to climb on the icebergs, which could flip at any time and plunge them into the cold sea …. http://icelandreview.com/news/2015/02/20/tourists-put-themselves-grave-danger-glacial-lagoon

  • Clyde Duncan  On March 7, 2015 at 2:44 am

    Iditarod route moved further north because of warm weather and little snow: http://globalnews.ca/news/1867606/warm-weather-forces-iditarod-farther-north/

    • Rosaliene Bacchus  On March 7, 2015 at 12:51 pm

      Yes, the weather is a-changing. We’ve got to learn to adapt to changing conditions on the ground.

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