Hydromet Office issues flash floods warning

A flood warning has been issued for flood-prone areas over the next few hours. According to the Agriculture Ministry’s, Hydrometeorological Service weather forecast model, rainfall accumulation is expected to be between 10.0mm and 40.0mm into Monday evening.
Pomeroon-Supenaam – Region Two and Essequibo Islands-West Demerara – Region Three were expected to be mostly affected on Monday while all other areas will experience cloudy skies with brief showers.
Frequent showers and thunderstorms are expected on May 12, 13, and 14, 2020. Rainfall is expected to range from 30.0mm to 70.0mm.
Due to the prolonged precipitation period, flood-prone areas are expected to experience floods while hilly areas may experience landslides.
The Mayor of the City of Georgetown, Ubraj Narine has since informed the Commission that all pumps in the city are fully equipped and functioning.
During the months of May, June and July, the Hydromet Office’s extended forecast predicts that all regions will experience above normal rainfall with some extreme events during these months.
The Civil Defence Commission is urging residents in high-risk communities to take the necessary precautions:
• Place sandbags where needed.
• Unplug all electrical items which may come into contact with floodwaters.
• Elevate all household furniture and appliances situated on the ground floor.
• Relocate livestock to higher ground.
• Use purification tablet as prescribed.
• Ensure children and the elderly stay clear of floodwaters.
The Commission also reminded persons to adhere to the COVID-19 precautions. If you must render assistance, remember to wear a mask correctly and sanitise after rendering aid.
Further, kindly call the Civil Defence Commission’s 24-hour National Emergency Monitoring System (NEMS) on 623-1700, 600-7500, or 226-1114 to report flooding.