Guyana Guardian

Heavy flooding hits the city, as an incompetent Hydro met office failed in its duty to warn nation

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

(Guyana Guardian) – The 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 last night and earlier today, compounded by an existing high tide which made it difficult for the city’s drainage system to adequately function.

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 atrocity which has saw waters rising by as much as fourteen inches above the parapets of some city streets.

In other cases, flood waters which have since mixed in with sewerage and other drainage waste evidently found its way into several city stores, forcing many store owners to deploy sandbags and other implements to keep the infested flood waters out.

For many, they would have been better prepped for the current flooding dilemma if the appropriate warnings were 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 experiences of the city.

Guyana’s Minister of State, Mr. Joseph Harmon has since assured the nation in a press release this 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 today.

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