Anna Catherina’s illegal shacks contributed to recent flooding
- Public Works
Government says that the strengthening of its sea defenses is helping to prevent floods but illegal shacks at Anna Catherina, West Coast Demerara, has endangered families there.
According to Minister of Transport and Hydraulics, Robeson Benn, the irresponsible dumping of garbage is also providing a huge challenge to authorities in its flood fight.
According to a government statement, the Ministry of public works and Communication has been strengthening sea defence structures across the country to prevent flooding caused by the rising sea level, especially along the coastline.
“This effort has proven effective; fewer areas have been affected by over topping caused by high tide and long range swells in the Atlantic Ocean. Areas that experienced flooding were Cornelia Ida, Anna Catherina, Leonora and Zeelugt, West Coast Demerara; and Montrose, Better Hope, Ogle and Turkeyen, East Coast Demerara.”
According to Benn, the extent of flooding in Anna Catherina could have been prevented had it not been for the illegal shacks encumbering state sea defence reserves. He noted that the actions of the illegal squatters were not only dangerous to themselves and family members, but to the community at large.
Meanwhile, Agnes Dalrymple, Chief Sea and River Defence Officer, noted that drains were cleared of refuse through a collaborative effort by the Ministry and the National Drainage and Irrigation Authority (NDIA).
She pointed out that in addition to sea defence structures being built in various locations including Belladrum, Region Five and Line Path, Region Six, the Ministry will continue to join forces with the Ministries of Housing and Water, and Local Government and Regional Development and with the NDIA.