[www.inewsguyana.com] – Following the heavy downpour of rain which resulted in flooding in Georgetown and other coastal communities in regions 1, 2, 3 and 4, the National Drainage and Irrigation Authority (NDIA) says efforts are afoot to bring relief to flood affect citizens soon.
The NDIA said in a release that a pontoon has been deployed to dredge the Vergenoegen outfall while 11 Sluices that discharge drainage water into the Demerara River are operational.
Meanwhile, three of the five pumps discharging into the Demerara River are working. Also Pumps located at Kitty and Liliendaal are Operational.
Drainage Sluices were reportedly closed as of 12:00hrs today due to high tide. The Next low tide will be at 9:47 PM at a height of 0.64M at which time gravity drainage via sluices will be in effect optimally.
However, given the fact that the tide is now high and water from the backlands will be draining off, water accumulation can be expected in areas where there are no pumps stationed. Several communities on the East Coast of Demerara can be affected.
The Ministry of Agriculture is also advising that for the next four hours the country can expect moderate to heavy downpours. While the Hydromet Office has predicted a break in extreme weather pattern at 17:00hrs, heavy downpours can be expected from 19:00hrs.
Regions 1 to 6, 7 and 10 can expect moderate showers and heavy downpours at times, while other regions can expect light to moderate showers.
Residents in Coastal, Riverin and low-lying areas are advised to take the precautionary measures against possible flooding.