East Coast flooding abates

Stabroek News
July 6, 2000

The flood waters on the East Coast Demerara have abated and residents now have to put their lives back together.

Chairman of the Haslington/Golden Grove/Nabaclis/Victoria Neighbourhood Democratic (NDC), Godfrey Henry said that the situation had "greatly improved" and the yards of most the residents were once more dry. The areas experienced just about two weeks of over eight inches of flood waters which crippled some of them economically.

Henry said that the whole of Haslington was dry because of the Guyana Sugar Corporation (GUYSUCO) pump's operation at Enmore, but there was still water in some streets and yards in Golden Grove, Nabaclis and Victoria.

He said that from all appearances the breach in the East Demerara Conservancy had been sealed. The pumps in the three areas which were still partly flooded were still in operation and Henry said that he had sought the assistance of GUYSUCO in draining the area by cutting the dam and allowing the water to flow into the Enmore canal.

The chairman said that the only discomfort they were experiencing other than the muddy condition was the stench of the water because it was stagnant.

And a Guyana Information Services (GIS) release on Tuesday had said that Chief Education Officer (CEO) in the Ministry of Education, Ed Caesar, had ordered that President's College and the Golden Grove Secondary School be closed because an inspection revealed that the "stagnant water is still obvious in critical areas," in the compounds of both schools. The teachers of the two schools were asked to communicate with their Headteachers so that arrangements could be made by the Department of Education, Region Four for them to continue academic year end activities. The release also said that the ministry was very concerned about the state of the compounds of several schools due to the inclement weather.

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