GUYANA: FLOODING: Spring tide floods Parika – other coastal communities at risk

The main road leading from the Parika Ferry Stelling – Credit: Kevin Somwaru (Deopaul)

Oct 17, 2020  – Kaieteur News – Parika, on the Essequibo River, yesterday suffered flooding as the Spring tide caused water from the river to seep onto the roads, displacing several vendors and other businesspeople, with water inundating the central traffic junction of the area. Kaieteur News was told that persons living on the Parika beach area near the stelling saw their homes flooded.   Other areas are listed below.     

According to government, the worst is yet to come, with other areas along the coast in danger of being flooded out over the next few days. 

The Ministry of Public Works is warning certain areas to take precautions, namely the Pomeroon River Banks; San Souci to Sarah and Maria’s Pleasure to Meerzorg; Good Success; Zeelandia and Moorfarm; Wakenaam Island, Cane Field/Retrieve; Endeavour/Blenheim; Cane Garden – Leguan Island; Windsor Forest to DeWillem (West Coast Demerara); Zeelugt; Parika Market Area; Salem to Sparta (East Bank Essequibo); Water Street, Georgetown; Helena #1 and #2, Mahaica; Belvedere to Cottage, Mahaicony; Wellington Park/Tarlogie; Lonsdale/Glasgow (East Bank Berbice); and Sheet Anchor, Canje River.

The highest tide is expected today (October 17) around between 4:30pm and 5:08pm, reaching a height of 3.36 metres. Government expects the high tides to last until October 19.

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  • kamtanblog  On 10/17/2020 at 5:25 am

    No comment !
    Fed up of suggesting city GT move !

    • Dennis Albert  On 10/17/2020 at 1:38 pm

      The Century 21 and ReMax are advertising that G/Town is the future Dubai or Manhattan of the Americas.

  • brandli62  On 10/17/2020 at 4:05 pm

    Time to invest oil money into upgrading the sea defence.

    • Dennis Albert  On 10/17/2020 at 8:39 pm

      Money gone into resurrecting the dead sugar estates as if it was the Prophet of Bethlehem. The PPP only cares for their voter base.

      • brandli62  On 10/18/2020 at 7:38 am

        Dennis, I completely agree. I had laid out a couple of weeks ago a viable strategy in GO to revamp the sugar industry in Guyana and to make it competitive on the world market. It will require massive mechanisation, digitalisation, and land reform. I do not see such a plan on the horizon.

        By contrast, it’s mind boggling to observe how the new government acts recklessly to favour its constituencies. I am particularly appalled by the selective removal of VAT and customs duties benefiting certain sectors of the economy. There is absolutely no strategy to balance spending and revenue. I am afraid that Guyana will be bankrupt in short time.

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