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.
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.
By: Ranetta LaFleur