CDC continues to monitor low-lying/coastal areas during high tide

DPI, Guyana, Saturday, October 26, 2019

The Civil Defence Commission (CDC) continues to monitor the low-lying and coastal areas as unusually high tide has been predicted for the period October 25-30.

Officials at the CDC’s National Emergency Management System told the Department of Public Information (DPI) that there have been no reports of flooding across the coast. However, it was noted that there has been some overtopping at Dantzig on the East Coast of Demerara (ECD). It was explained that this was due to the breach of the sea defence, which occurred during the previous spring tide.

In a recent advisory issued by the CDC, during the October 25-30, 2019 period, the unusually high tides will peak at 3.31 metres.

Residents living along the coastline in Regions 2, 3, 4, 5 and 6 are advised to take the following precautions to minimise damage to property and prevent any health hazard.

  • Report any sea defence breaches.
  • Place sandbags where needed.
  • Unplug all electrical items.
  • Place all essential documents in sealed plastic bags or containers and place the same in a safe space.
  • Elevate all household furniture and appliances.
  • Relocate livestock to higher ground.
  • Create containerised storage for drinking and cooking water.
  • Use purification tablets as prescribed.
  • Ensure children and the elderly stay clear of flooded water.
  • Visit the nearest health centre if you experience any skin irritation or feel sick.

The public is also advised to remain alert and aware of the water levels and the weather situation at all times. Floods, damage to sea defence and overtopping should be reported to the Civil Defence Commission on (592) 226-1114, 226-8815, 226-1027 or 225-5847, or their 24 Hours National Emergency Monitoring System (NEMS) on (592) 623-1700 and 600-7500.

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