Drainage and irrigation body outlines plan to combat flooding
Guyana Chronicle
June 29, 2002

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THE National Drainage and Irrigation Board (ND&IB) has outlined emergency works being undertaken to ease flooding in all parts of the country, a Government Information Agency (GINA) report said.

Several Government Ministers and Regional officials have been visiting the affected areas and are doing assessments of the flooding. Many parts of the country experienced flooding due to heavy rainfall recently.

It was announced that the ND&IB would be spending about $40M for emergency works around the country. The money was made available from the Board’s budgetary allocation for this year.

In Region Three (West Demerara/Essequibo Islands), the primary and secondary drains leading to the Parika Sluice will be desilted along with 2,532 rods of canals in Goed-Intent/Sisters and Bel Vue Cane Farmers Coop area.

The middle walk drains at Greenwich Park, Barnwell and Hague (West) are being cleaned while the drains at the Namaryck escape channel, Kashmir and Rugby Backdam are being desilted.

In Region Four (Demerara/Mahaica), about 9,855 rods of canals in Craig/Caledonia area, East Bank Demerara are being cleaned. Some 4,500 rods of drainage trenches are being cleaned at Hope Estate, East Coast Demerara while about 14,322 rods of the main drains in the Unity/Veereniging NDC are being cleaned.

ND&IB is weeding and cleaning about 23,814 rods of drains at Haslington/Grove NDC and two units of the Victoria drainage pump are being rehabilitated.

In Region Six (East Berbice/Corentyne), the Johanna Canal from Three Bridge to Junction is being cleared while the Joppa main drain; Eversham, Borlam and Seawell outfalls will be excavated.

The breaches at Crabwood Creek Crown Dam and Façade will be sealed while the sluice doors at Eversham will be rehabilitated and a box koker will be installed at Highbury.

Quick responses have been taken in several Regions by Government, the Regional Democratic Councils (RDCs) and the ND&IB to contain flooding caused by excess rainfall across the country.

Assessments have been conducted in the Black Bush Polders, Mahaica and Mahaicony areas, and all affected areas are being closely monitored.