Citizens urged to brace for more heavy rains; authorities say water levels receding across Georgetown

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The authorities on Monday afternoon said floodwaters across the city have been receding as the National Task Force coordinated relief measures to ease the effects of a downpour that inundated many communities.

More heavy rains are expected and citizens are urged to take all necessary precautions.

Prime Minister Brigadier Mark Phillips led the National Flood Taskforce in visits to several locations across Georgetown.

In a statement, the Task Force noted that pumps and sluices were functioning at optimal levels at Cowan Street and the Forestry Commission, Kingston, Water Street, Princess Street, Sussex Street, Ruimveldt, Kitty and Liliendaal.

Floodwater being drained at the Cowan Street pumps (Photo: CDC)

 

Residential areas such as Albouystown,  West, East, North and South Ruimveldts, Bel Air Park, Wortmanville and downtown Georgetown were inundated but the waters are receding in most parts.

Engineers and pump attendants were quoted as saying that there were minor obstacles to overcome but all flood control facilities are in place and operating at full capacity.

Rainfall in Georgetown has measured a total of 3.5 inches from 08:00 hrs to 14:00 hrs.

The Hydrometeorological Service forecasts frequent rainfall along the coastland over the next 12 hours and as such, all relevant agencies are on standby to respond to any impacts or hindrances.

Residents countrywide are advised to remain observant and take all necessary precautions during this time.

All impacts should be reported to local authorities or the National Emergency Monitoring System (NEMS) on 600-7500 at any time.

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