The Hydrometeorological Service of the Ministry of Agriculture has advised that a lot of rainfall is expected over the next four days. Rainfall values are expected to exceed 100 millimetres, with the highest intensities to be expected on Saturday and Sunday, the Hydromet Service said in a weather brief.
According to a GINA statement, the Ministry of Public Infrastructure and the Mayor and City Council (M&CC) of Georgetown are collaborating to clean drains and canals in city areas that are likely to flood.The service is urging residents of low-lying areas, and areas where there is poor drainage to take precautionary measures to prevent flooding.
Meanwhile, Minister of Public Infrastructure, David Patterson said works are currently ongoing in several areas, some of which are completed. “Most of the drains in the Subryanville area were cleaned and cleared, but we have to repair the culverts and that’s ongoing at the moment,” said Minister Patterson.
He reminded that the Ministry and the M&CC started cleaning drains and outfalls in areas that are flood prone since last year.
The Minister pointed out that it is difficult to “stop flooding in Georgetown”, however, it is possible to minimise the length of time the water stays on the land.”
According to GINA, other flood prone areas to be addressed soon include South Ruimveldt in Georgetown and other low lying areas across the country.