The President and First Lady were forced to ditch their private residence and make an early move to State House last week as flood waters swamped their Durban Backlands home.
Last week, heavy downpours flooded several parts of the city and the Durban Backlands community where the Grangers have lived for years was one of the most affected areas.
The first couple was not planning to move to State House until all repairs were completed to the property at the end of this month but News Source understands that when the flood waters came rushing in, the Grangers were forced and advised to find higher ground.
State House is the official residence of the President of Guyana. Mr. Granger had indicated that he intended to take up residence at the State House.
Just last Wednesday, Governance Minister Raphael Trotman announced that the President and his wife were going to make the move to State House “soon”. The flood waters came that same evening and the move was effected sooner than later. The yard at state house was also flooded but not as severe as the private residence.
Mr. Trotman during the post cabinet media briefing also indicated the intention of the Government to have all state houses across the country rehablitated so that they could be used to accommodate guests of the state and government officials whenever they travel across the country.
Prime Minister Nagamootoo is still living in his private residence. The Official Prime Minister’s residence has to undergo major repairs before Nagamootoo takes up residence. A visit to that residence just after the change of government revealed a badly leaking roof and rotting walls.
Former Prime Minister Samuel Hinds admitted just after leaving office, that the house was in need of repair work.