Georgetown experiencing better drainage

Neilson McKenzie on the site as work was continuing on the Liliendaal canal.
Neilson McKenzie on the site as work was continuing on the Liliendaal canal.
Neilson McKenzie on the site as work was continuing on the Liliendaal canal.

[] – Clearing of drainage canals and other main irrigation channels in the city can be credited for the non-flooding of the city with the recent heavy downpour which has tested the clean-up exercise.

On an inspection visit to several areas in the city on Friday, Community Coordinator attached to the Ministry of Public Infrastructure, Neilson McKenzie informed GINA that major works are ongoing to widen the drains and canals, and expand their capacity to hold and drain water off the land.

“The drains can now hold water rather than silt, and as a result the drainage system is being primed and geared to take off the volume of water that is on the land generally,” Mc Kenzie stated.

Works have recently been completed at the Lamaha and Cane View Canals while ongoing clearing and desilting is being done at the Liliendaal, which will be followed by the Princes Street Canal.

Mc Kenzie called on citizens to play their part in this process as all the efforts of the administration and other stakeholders will be futile, if maintenance is not done.

He explained that part of his role and responsibility is to educate the citizens of the various communities on their role, and how this can contribute to the restoration process of the capital city.

“We have also been involved in sensitising each community and the residents of those communities that we go to on a day to day basis as to the why we are doing, what we are doing, and what could be done to prevent recurrence of those acts,” said McKenzie.

He reported that these works were not done without challenges as there were several which are currently being addressed.

“One of the major challenges is the occupation of the reserves, the reserves are occupied in various ways, with derelict vehicles, vending and people living on the reserves,” he stated.



  1. To the editor in your story about the Palms please refrain from calling the residents there INMATES.I know to some people its ok PLEASE think about it, i’m expecting a response.

  2. Which part of the world you are living? Guyana is experiencing drought and El nino please wait till it rains and heavy rains by your standards is few hours. Let us wait for heavy rains and if it floods we want you to say that so much money gone down the drain. We need job security and strong economy not just spend some money in cleaning up the drains and claim all is well after few hours of rains.

  3. It seems that rather than celebrate the fact that there was limited loss of livelihood and property you are almost praying for their to be a flood so that you can claim that the current administration is worse than the last!!!! What bitter tripe!!!!! Come on man, can’t you just be happy for Guyana for once, rather than just being hungry and greedy for power? Let me also indicate, that given our geomorpology THERE WILL ALWAYS be localised flooding once we have periods of intense rainfall…THAT IS A GIVEN…you cannot drain the land once the tide is up, regardless of how many drains are cleaned. And we saw how well the pumps worked in 2005!!!! I saw floods in Florida recently, South Carolina, Holland, etc and these are entities with much more resources….furthermore, was it not the Dutch, despite their engineering prowess that advised us to build 4 – 6 feet off the ground? Was that not an admission on their part that some aspects of flooding is almost inevitable along our coast? I hope we can start being civilized in this blessed country of ours and stop the foolish fight to have absolute control. I rest


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