Spring tide causing panic in Montrose
Residents of Montrose, East Coast Demerara, are bracing themselves for the worst as waves as high as 20 feet, smashed over the sea defence, rekindling memories of a devastating flood almost two years ago.
The high waves are as a result of the end of year spring tide and already residents are panicking.
Muddy water has already filled a façade that is supposed to take the excess water to a koker that drains the village, and there is the fear that it will soon inundate the yards of residents close to the sea defence.
Officials from the National Drainage and Irrigation Authority were on sight to monitor the situation and they are cautiously optimistic that the structures in place to prevent flooding are adequate.
One NDIA official explained that the high waves are normally associated with the spring tide and there is no cause for alarm.
However, residents dismissed his theory, pointing out that this is just the beginning of the spring tide and the waves will only get higher over the next three days.
Brother Rudolph, a resident of north Montrose, told this newspaper that their past experience reinforces the fears of those in the community.
“It must bother you because this is your livelihood; you’re living next to the seawall and this is not the first time this thing is happening. It happened last year Easter time,” Rudolph stated.
Another resident, Chanderban Singh, said that the high waves commenced around 11:00 hours yesterday.
He said that judging from past experience, the next high tide will bring bigger waves.
Brother Rudolph said that during the April 2008 flood in the area, representatives of the government visited the area and spoke of measures to correct the problem.
However, according to Rudolph nothing much was done.
“They just talk that they gun do something but nothing doing. At least they could throw some boulder and fool the people that they doing something. We heard that a lot of money coming for the sea defence and nothing has been done,” Brother Rudolph told this newspaper.
There were several boulders that were taken to the area with the aim of placing them at strategic locations beyond the seawall to reduce the force of the waves. These were lying around unused.
Brother Rudolph pointed out that more emphasis should be placed on shoring up the sea defence instead of half measures to drain the water off the land following spring tides.
“When this thing happen, the government gun describe it as a national disaster and big money gun stir and big money gun thief out,” opined Rudolph.
The spring tide could not have come at a worse time for the Montrose residents who are still in celebration mode for the Christmas/ New Year season.