The Civil Defence Commission has issued an alert about expected spring tides that will be higher than expected.
The spring tides are set to begin from this coming Friday and will run for the entire weekend and continue into the new week until Wednesday.
The tides could reach a height of more than 3.31 metres.
Residents in low lying communities and those communities near to the seawall are being asked to take all necessary precautions against possible flooding.
The CDC is also calling on those residents to report any breaches in the sea or river defences and to ensure they unplug all electrical items and take their livestock to a higher ground when the spring tides begin.
Residents in low-lying areas are urged to stay alert and take all necessary precaution as Guyana will experience unusual high tides over the weekend.
In an advisory issued by the Civil Defence Commission (CDC), it started that from October 25 to October 30, 2019, the coast will experience unusual high tides which will peak at 3.31 metres.
The Civil Defence Commission could be contacted on (592) 226-1114, 226-8815, 226-1027 or 225-5847, or their 24 Hours National Emergency Monitoring System (NEMS) on (592) 623-1700 and 600-7500.
|Date||Time/Height of Water Morning||Time/Height of Water Afternoon|
|Friday, October 25, 2019||01.10 hours – 2.90 meters||14.12 hours – 3.03 meters|
|Saturday, October 26, 2019||02.05 hours– 3.04 meters||14.54 hours – 3.20 meters|
|Sunday, October 27, 2019||02.55 hours – 3.13 meters||15.33 hours – 3.29 meters|
|Monday, October 28, 2019||03.43 hours – 3.15 meters||16.13 hours – 3.31 meters|
|Tuesday, October 29, 2019||04.29 hours – 3.11 meters||16.52 hours – 3.25 meters|
|Wednesday, October 30, 2019||05.14 hours – 3.01 meters||17.32 hours – 3.12 meters|
In order to minimise damage to property and prevention of any health hazard, residents living along the coastline in Regions 2, 3, 4, 5 and 6 are advised to take the following precautions:
|● Report any sea defence breaches|
|● Place sandbags where needed.|
|● Unplug all electrical items.|
|● Place all important documents in sealed plastic bags or containers and place in a safe space.|
|● Elevate all household furniture and appliances.|
|● Relocate livestock to higher ground.|
|● Create containerised storage for drinking and cooking water.|
|● Use purification tablet as prescribed.|
|● Ensure children and the elderly stay clear of flooded water.|
|● Visit the nearest health center if you experience any skin irritation or feel sick.|
The public is also advised to remain alert and aware of the water levels and weather situation at all times.
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