January 17, 2013. At noon Monday, strong winds and unusually high tide flooded village of Cornelia Ida and Anna Caterina on the West Coast Demerara region (
Villages flooded by unusually high waves that surged through defenses. Some people had to contend with water that reached to her waist.
Representatives from the Ministry of Transport and the Third administration of the region, including the Chairman Julius Faerber, visited the village the next day and installed the equipment to pump and drain the water back into the ocean. Residents of Anne Catherine added that the ministry has ordered deepen the drainage ditches along the streets of the C View Road, in order to protect against future floods.
Be that as it may, they were not able to remove the debris that washed up on shore.
Yesterday, after a ministerial inspection, residents said the flooding has decreased, but many people are still hesitant to leave the house.
Inhabitant Anne Catherine told Stabroek News, which proporol foot with some sharp object, when he decided to assess the damage to the bottom floor. He said the water in the lower level was so high that the furniture was floating.
"The water reached my waist," — he added.
A resident of Cornelia Ida said she was sitting on the porch when she saw the waves began to gush through the barrier. She said that the water washed away her fence and began to flood the house. She explained that at the Cornelia Ida used to the high spring tides, but this time was the most serious since 2005, when a flood inundated the coast of Guyana.
"The water rose so high that it flooded half of my car, — said one of the victims. — As long as they do not come, the dam was repaired and installed these drainage pipes and the water started to subside a bit. "
Meanwhile, businessman Abdul Fazil said his store was flooded for two days.
"I saw the water started to come and wash over the dam," — he said, mentioning that the Cornelia Ida suffers from floods every four months. He said that the residents filed a complaint to the District Democratic Council, but instead of using always received only promises.
"Everybody's doing that come to see the place and assess the situation. All the officials of the ministry have visited here. Everyone has long known that here every couple of months, floods "- outraged Abdul.
Yesterday, in a letter to Stabroek News editorial C. Woolford wrote: "I would like to stress that we, the residents of the street Sea View, Cornelia Ida, West Coast Demerara, suffering for 20 years. Each time, during high tide, the water spills over the wall fencing and floods our yards and homes. The water rises to 50 cm and even flooding way. "
The writer added that in the past, some attempts were made to solve the problem.
"We have several engineers who think they know everything better than anyone and do whatever, whatever thought was right, rather than consult with the locals. They put a few drainage pipes, not in the least consistent with the volume of water. In several places they laid pipe below the drain level, making them completely useless. Residents of Cornelia Ida declare that they have had enough! They solemnly promise that if LPAI [People's Progressive Party of Guyana] does not solve the problem immediately, in the next election they will not get the votes of those who once chose them, "- said the letter-writer.
At noon on Monday the big waves caused by the unusually high tide overran the dam of Kitty Torkiana up on the West Coast Demerara, quickly flooded the road and forced the driver to use the detour.
According to the Hydrometeorological Service of the Ministry of Agriculture, high tide was caused by weather fronts from the Atlantic Ocean.
Translation: Anastasia Antoshkina
At the same time …
Luxury cruise ship hit by huge wave
January 17, 2013. Silversea cruise line company was forced to cancel a cruise aboard the Silver Explorer after it was found in the 18-day voyage along the South American ship was damaged by a giant wave during a storm.
Media reported that the four crew members were slightly injured when the wave struck in the strait between the archipelago of Tierra del Fuego and the Antarctic.
Silversea claims that all 133 passengers and 113 crew members were not injured, but the damage to the ship was severe enough to shorten the cruise and cancel the sale of tickets for the next sail on January 21.
The vessel returned to the port of Ushuaia in Argentina, from which came out in early January. It is expected that the cruises will resume and the first ten-day voyage departing January 31.
Translation: Anastasia Antoshkina