East Coast residents brace for more above normal high tides

East Coast residents brace for more above normal high tides

Residents of Unity and Mosquito Hall are suffering from various degrees of flooding following over topping of the seawall along the East Coast Demerara areas on Thursday evening.

Residents went to bed last night with their yards and houses inundated with water from the Atlantic Ocean but while the water has receded they fear that it could worsen if immediate action is not taken.

The overtopping started around 17:00 on Thursday during high tide.

News Source understands that officials from the Ministry of Public Works visited the area on Friday  morning and have attempted to remedy the situation.

Guyana is currently experiencing spring tides with some of the highest levels predicted to occur later on Friday.

In a press release, the Ministry of Public Works said it is advising the general public to take all necessary precautions during this period.

High tide is expected at 17:23hrs on Friday at a height of 3.34 metres.

The ministry said several areas along the Essequibo Coast, West Bank and West Coast Demerara, East Coast Demerara and the Corentyne and Canje River are susceptible to possible flooding as a result of storm surges which may induce overtopping of sea/river defence structures.

Precaution should also be taken by all mariners including those operating fishing vessels and larger vessels, the ministry said.

Use of beaches and foreshore areas for recreational purposes during this period is not advised.

The spring tide alert is in effect until February 24, 2015.


Filed: 20th February, 2015

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