Although hundreds of millions have been expended to rectify drainage issues in
the capital city, residents and others traversing some parts of Georgetown on Wednesday were once again met with flooded streets, as experts are predicting that the conditions will continue over the next three days.
Guyana Times visited several areas within the city after a few hours of heavy rainfall on Wednesday morning, which affected the free movement of persons.
Though the afternoon sunshine saw much relief to the flooding in various wards, commuters and residents should take the necessary precautions as the Agriculture Ministry’s National Weather Watch Centre Hydro meteorological Service has reported that light to moderate rain showers are expected over the next three days.
The Centre estimates expected rainfall in
amounts of 5.0 mm to 35.0 mm.
In June 2017, $120 million of the Georgetown Mayor and City Council’s $240
million budget was poured into flood control in areas such as Alexander Village, Ruimveldt, Campbellville, some sections of Queenstown, West Ruimveldt and La
Penitence. At that time, Town Clerk Royston King said City Hall was contemplating using drones to get information on overtopping, traffic and security within Georgetown. He had also reported that squatting hinders access to many key drainage networks.