High tides cause flooding in some sections of Guyana coast


Several communities in the immediate vicinity of the seawall, north of Liliendaal and Vlissengen Road, were affected by unusually high waves during high tides on Sunday in the coastal region of Guyana.

Public Works Minister Robeson Benn, said this resulted in flooding to the northern side of Kitty, Subryanville, Bel Air Springs and some sections of Liliendaal.

The compound of the Ocean View International Hotel and the Government Environmental Health Offices were inundated, the Government Information Agency (GINA) said.

A senior official of the Private Sector Commission (PSC) told BIZNOW on Sunday night that while there have been no reports of flood damage to businesses in the affected areas, mobile vendors who operate on the seawall would have been affected.

The Ministry of Public Works had warned earlier in the day of extremely high tides that were expected between 15:00 hours (3PM) and 19:00 hours (7PM) on Sunday. The ministry also warned persons not to be on the seawalls as waves about 1 meter high would have been riding the tide.

Reports indicate that flooding also occurred in Region Three on the West Coast of Demerara (WCD) at Den Amstel and Leonora and a few other areas, the situation on the West Coast is said to be not as severe as in the City.

GINA said sea defence crews from the lower East Coast and the Force Account Unit from the Works Services Department were currently working to bring relief to those areas affected.

The National Drainage and Irrigation Authority (NDIA) also deployed excavators in the city on Sunday evening to aid in clearing drainage systems in affected areas.

Also out are the City Council operatives, who operate the pump stations. According to Benn, these operatives are cleaning the grills and running the pumps to make sure there is efficient evacuation of the water.