Heavy flooding hits Guyana

Heavy flooding hits Guyana


A section of King Street, close to Regent Street in Georgetown, Guyana, inundated with flood waters – a sight seen almost all over the city. Photo: Guyana Guardian (taken at about 11:50am Friday)

GEORGETOWN, Guyana — The capital city of Georgetown and some parts of Guyana’s coastal belt are reeling from the effects of an evolving flood situation that has made it almost impossible for Christmas shoppers to traverse the inner city streets.

The flood was said to be triggered by heavy rainfall throughout Thursday night and earlier Friday, compounded by an existing high tide that made it difficult for the city’s drainage system to function adequately.

From the most southern part of Georgetown right up to Kitty in the north, no part of the city seemed to have been spared from the flooding, which has seen waters rising by as much as 14 inches in some city streets.

In other cases, floodwater, which has since mixed in with sewage and other drainage waste, evidently found its way into several city stores, forcing many store owners to deploy sandbags and other means to keep the contaminated water out.

Many residents said they would have been better prepared for the current flooding if the appropriate warnings had been sounded by those in authority.

Many of them were quick to criticize the hydrometeorological service division at Guyana’s ministry of agriculture; labeling the unit as a waste of tax dollars.

However, others felt that the flooding problem should be blamed on the city council itself, since the municipality continues to fail in its quest to avert the repetitive flooding experienced by the city.

Guyana’s minister of state, Joseph Harmon, has since reassured the nation in a press release on Friday morning, which indicated that the flood waters should soon begin to recede as soon as the benefit of low tide comes into play at around noon.

Republished with permission of the Guyana Guardian