Flood advisory

― Regions 1 to 4 on flood watch 

DPI, Guyana, Tuesday, November 26, 2019

The Hydrometeorological Department of Guyana has issued a flash flood warning for flood-prone areas in Regions 1 to 4.

This is according to a release made by the department earlier today where the current conditions were described as “Overcast skies along Regions 1 to 5 with moderate to heavy thundershowers and rain over Regions 1 to 4”.

The current expectation is that these conditions “will continue into the early afternoon across coastal areas.” It was also expected that while the rainfall intensity was expected to be mostly moderate to heavy for most of the morning, there should be a decrease in intensity in the afternoon becoming mostly light in the evening.

Considering the forecast, in addition to the latest model output and satellite data, the release states that “[the Hydromet office] is anticipating rainfall accumulation between 25mm [1 inch] and 80mm [3 inches] over the next 6-8 hours, with highest in Regions 1 and 2”.

Additionally, hide tide will be 3.18 meters, which is above normal. As such, taking into consideration the expected adverse weather conditions and above normal high tide, residents of riverain, coastal and low-lying areas are advised to exercise precautionary measures against flooding.

In order to minimise damage to property and prevention of any health hazard, residents living along the coastline in Regions 2, 3, 4, 5 and 6 are advised to take the following precautions:

  • Report any sea defence breaches
  • Place sandbags where needed.
  • Unplug all electrical items.
  • Place all important documents in sealed plastic bags or containers and place 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 tablet 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 as well as the weather situation at all times. Floods, damage to sea defence and overtopping should be reported to the Civil Defence Commission (CDC) 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.