Cause of breach at Buxton identified
Guyana Chronicle
December 21, 2001

HEAD of the Presidential Secretariat, Dr. Roger Luncheon, has said that the Ministry of Public Works and Communication has identified the root cause of the breach at Buxton, East Coast Demerara.

At a Press briefing, Wednesday, Dr. Luncheon said the unexpected high spring tides and the deterioration of the sea defence in that particular area led to the breach.

Three sections of the Buxton, East Coast Demerara sea defence collapsed last Friday and quick action was taken by the Ministry of Public Works to keep the situation under control.

“The flooding that took place did not penetrate much outside of the sea defence reserve and through early intervention in rehabilitating of neighbouring drainage works, it was confined and made an insignificant impact on the surrounding communities,” said Dr. Luncheon.

He added that the remedial work that has been undertaken at the site has progressed satisfactorily, and that the Ministry of Works has advised that the comprehensive intervention will be concluded by the end of the week.

“The community has drawn to the Ministry’s attention their concerns about the adequacy of the sea defence structures in the area and those concerns were added to the Ministry’s own inventory of weaknesses and other deficiencies in the sea defence in particular,” said Dr. Luncheon. (Government Information Agency)