Region 10 Chairman assesses Linden flood situation

A flooded street in Linden, Region 10

In light of flash flooding in areas across Linden, Region 10 (Upper Demerara-Berbice) on Monday, Regional Chairman Deron Adams has visited affected communities and assessed the situation.
Following the visits, the Regional Chairman noted serious concerns over the integrity of the bauxite tailings dyke at Kara Kara, Mackenzie which he noted were communicated to bauxite company Bosai Minerals Group Guyana Incorporated (BMGGI). Adams also noted that the outfall has overtopped and started to erode the road in the vicinity of the Kara Kara Bridge.
Further, the Regional Chairman indicated that he reached out to Linden Mayor Waneka Arrindell; National Drainage and Irrigation Authority (NDIA) officials; the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the Civil Defence Commission (CDC) in an effort to collaborate on finding solutions to the impact of the start of the rainy season.
He also pointed to the need for the clearing of creeks and outfalls at Wismar in an effort to alleviate the flooding being experienced by the community.
Intense rainfall which lasted several hours on Monday led to flooding of the Central Mackenzie area and other parts of the community. Vendors of the Mackenzie Market and those along Republic Avenue, and Greenheart and Pine Streets were adversely affected.
Residents in areas such as Silvertown, Second Alley and other parts of Linden also suffered as a result of floodwaters. Vendors have since made the call for the relevant authorities to re-assess culverts at Central Mackenzie and for better drainage and irrigation practices. Both the Mayor and Regional Chairman have promised to garner support for residents affected by the flood. (Utamu Belle)