Sections of Georgetown flooded

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Heavy rainfall Monday night which continued into Tuesday resulted in sections of Georgetown and other outlying regions being flooded.

Director-General of the Civil Defence Commission (CDC) Lieutenant Colonel Kester Craig on Tuesday posted on Facebook, “rapid assessment conducted in Georgetown highlighted inundated sections of the City. The Commission continues to monitor the impact of rainfall across the country and urge residents to adhere to the warnings.”

The Hydromet office on Monday also cautioned that there will be flash flooding as the rain continues.

A section of Georgetown flooded on May 11, 2020 [Photo: Facebook/Kester Craig]
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.

During the months of May, June and July, the Hydromet Office extended forecast predicts that all regions will experience above normal rainfall with some extreme events during these months.

A section of Georgetown flooded on May 11, 2020 [Photo: Facebook/Kester Craig]
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.
    A section of Georgetown flooded on May 11, 2020 [Photo: Facebook/Kester Craig] 
    A section of Georgetown flooded on May 11, 2020 [Photo: Facebook/Kester Craig]
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