Leguan villages under water after koker door collapses
Several villages in Leguan Island, Region Three (Essequibo Islands-West Demerara) are under water after the koker door in those areas collapsed during the unusual high tides on Tuesday.
Based on reports received, residents of Endeavour and Amsterdam were forced to move to higher grounds after the murky water flowed into their homes. In light of the flooding, representatives from the Public Infrastructure Ministry (MoPI) and the Neighbourhood Democratic Council (NDC) were deployed to the affected communities to conduct assessments and determine what were the immediate needs.
According to a statement by the Civil Defence Commission (CDC), the initial assessment indicated that approximately 30 homes have been inundated with water ranging from six inches to nine inches.
As such, the CDC has mobilised and is on standby to support the response efforts. The situation is being monitored through the 24-hour National Emergency Monitoring System (NEMS).
Up to late Tuesday evening, a team from the MoPI was on the ground, waiting on the water to recede to install a Stop Log Door before the next high tide to prevent further impact.
Earlier this month, several villages along the Essequibo Coast, Region Two (Pomeroon-Supenaam) were underwater following a heavy downpour.
It was reported that residents were awakened to high levels of water in their homes and surroundings. Residents have since blamed the inadequate drainage systems in the region.
Since there was no place for the water to recede, homes, schools, businesses and others were affected.