GUYANA: Flooding in Guyana gets worse

Flooding in Guyana, especially in Georgetown, is a common occurrence.

The link about shows you a recent flood situation that seems unsolvable by the Government.


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  • derrycksgriffith  On 05/06/2023 at 2:53 pm

    The government of Guyana shoukd consult the Dutch government sbout helping us desl with this flooding problem.

    The Dutch have centuries of knowledge fighting the sea, and preventing their country from going under.

  • derrycksgriffith  On 05/06/2023 at 2:55 pm

    We also need an editing feature on this contact window too.

  • Bill Newman  On 05/06/2023 at 9:10 pm

    When they filled in the canals, what did they think would happen?

  • wic  On 05/06/2023 at 9:14 pm

    I agree with both your comments, as we all make typo errors which could be corrected through an editing feature as exists with U-tube.

    As for the Dutch helping, the first thing they would recommend is that all the boulevards which resulted from the filling in of the trenches, be dug up and replaced with new catch basins North Rd,. East St. etc. This time around they should be connected to be drained by pumps at low tide instead of being stagnant pools which breed mosquitos.

    The Dutch will also have other good recommendations; I believe I saw a video where a Dutch engineer was providing advice on the WCD sea defence project. Most importantly however, is that the sluices( kokers) need to be properly maintained to ensure they open at low tide for drainage and not fail when closed at high tides; more pumps need to be installed to discharge excess water when the sluices can’t be opened at high tides. Here again, the Dutch are very adept in this, while Guyanese are as to why they shouldn’t follow the advice of foreigners.(lol)

    Eventually, trying to save Georgetown and most of the villages/towns along the coast will be a losing effort as even though most residents have substantial investments in property holdings, the sea will continue to rise and inundate same.

    The only practical decision notwithstanding all the new construction now taking place in the area, is for the relocation of the country’s capital to higher ground in the south of the country off the highway to Linden, with the slow abandonment of Georgetown over a 50-75 year period. The govt’s. plan for the new Silica City should receive priority and move some offices and its employees; others will follow. Brazil did it 60 years ago and there are 5 other countries in various stages of now building new capitals including, Indonesia and Egypt.

    Of course, there will be complaints as the opposition leaders will claim the govt. is abandoning their(the PNC) supporters. However, it’s better to move to higher ground than live in a swamp with various water-borne diseases that will take up residence in fertile conditions for same.
    I will also ask, how many countries in the world have major oil operations and service providers adjoining their capital?

  • Age  On 05/16/2023 at 7:56 pm

    Tides are also getting higher in Guyana.
    In the future the safest locations will be away from any seashore or river bank.
    Coastal properties are too risky for long term investment

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