The flash flood that was caused by the abrupt rains that affected coastal Guyana, especially the Diamond/Grove area one week ago, has subsided and things have returned to normalcy although rain continues to fall heavily intermittently.
Authorities said that the initial rainfall figure for that period was estimated almost six inches between Prospect and Craig, about 400 times the normal rains.
The entire New Diamond Housing Scheme was also affected as water backed up and flooded yards and several homes.
Residents could not have calculated their losses, some losing poultry and much electrical equipment.
A tour of the East Bank villages revealed that the deployment of a pump and an excavator to the Diamond/Grove koker which was the hardest hit helped tremendously.
The Hydrometeorological Service had revealed that the rainfall was more active along East Bank Demerara resulting with Grove/Diamond on the East Bank recording 145.0mm (5.71 inches) of rainfall within 24 hours – the highest level of rainfall recorded.
The Hydrometeorological Service is advising that for the next two months, “generally average rainfall are likely to persist in Guyana”, which means at least 18 to 22 rain days in July.
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