[www.inewsguyana.com] – Town Clerk (ag) Carol Sooba has said that the flooding which occurred in Albouystown, Georgetown and surrounding areas yesterday afternoon resulted from sabotage done deliberately to the Sussex Street Koker.
“It was sabotaged deliberately,” Sooba told iNews when contacted this morning for an update on the situation and preliminary reports on the causes.
“Someone tampered with it and caused the areas to be flooded… We only fixed it last Friday to relieve areas that were flooded,” Sooba said; maintaining that she had every reason to believe the act was carried out by person(s) of a deprived mind that would want to create a situation for a “blame game”.
“If people were thinking about the citizens in this city and if people were responsible that would not have happened,” she added.
Residents of this community had endured days of flooded yards and streets and in some cases houses last week due to heavy rains.
Sooba assured that the situation has been temporarily remedied and some of the water has been drained from the land.
She said steps will be taken to ensure that there is no recurrence.
Meanwhile, when contacted Head of the National Drainage and Irrigation Authority Lionel Wordsworth said that he had inspected the malfunction and said efforts were being taken to bring swift relief to residents.
He refused to comment on allegations of the Koker being tampered with.
However, residents of the Community has rejected the assertion; saying it is entirely untrue.