May 23, 2007

Flood precautions urged - Stabroek News- DrainageNews

And the Government has allocated an additional $80M to purchase two drainage pumps that will further enhance the system's capacity to deal with the current heavy rainfall, the Government Information Agency (GINA) said. Minister of Agriculture Robert Persaud said during a visit to the Montrose pump station on the East Coast of Demerara yesterday, the $80M allocation was made at Cabinet's meeting held at the Office of the President earlier in the day. Updates from the National Drainage and Irrigation Authority (NDIA) indicated that there are reports of water accumulating in low areas of Canal Number One and Two Polders, West Bank Deme-rara, with lower levels noted in other low-lying communities across the coastland. Persaud noted that once rainfall above the normal capacity is experienced there will be water accumulation, but that aggressive efforts are being made to ensure quick drainage. The Minister noted that this amount of rainfall is likely to result in water accumulation especially in low-lying areas since the D&I system is designed to deal with 1. It also stated that during the next 24 hours, wet to extremely wet conditions are expected to continue with occasional outbursts of thunder and that during the remaining days there will be wet spells with a southerly migration (inland) of heavy rainfall during the latter part of this week. read me

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