MOPI addressing overtopping at West Demerara

DPI, Guyana, Friday, March 02, 2018

Chief Sea and River Defence Officer at the Ministry of Public Infrastructure, Kevin Samad has reported that there is severe overtopping along West Demerara between Den Amstel and De Willem Area. The situation is more severe at Stewarville, Uitvlugt and Anna Catherina.

Water overtopping West Demerara seawalls.

Samad explained that at Uitvlugt, approximately 75 feet in length, of the upper part of the concrete crest wall of the structure has broken resulting in the area being flooded.

The Ministry has responded and is currently mobilising a contractor, with the requisite materials and equipment (boulders), to prevent further overtopping of the area. The boulders will be transported to the Uitvlugt area this afternoon and will be placed in front of the broken areas of the concrete structure.

Meanwhile, at Leonora Hospital, a team has been deployed to pack sand bags “creating a barrier to prevent further flooding of the compound so the hospital could be functional back this afternoon”, Samad said.

High tide is expected this afternoon and tomorrow around 5:00 pm. By Monday the situation is expected to return to normalcy.

In the interim, residents are advised to take the necessary precautions to safeguard against flood risks.

 

Ranks of the Guyana Fire Service assisting with efforts to prevent further flood damage.

Ranks of the Guyana Fire Service assisting with efforts to prevent further flood damage.

 

The flooded Leonora Cottage Hospital.

 

By: Ranetta LaFleur

 

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