TUCBER PARK, NEW AMSTERDAM – Some residents in the Tucber Park area are concerned about a breach on the sea dam between the First Koker and Back Koker, and hope that the authorities seal it soon.
Last Wednesday those living in the street parallel to the Canje River got a scare when water was heard gushing into a canal alongside the sea dam. Fortunately the community was not affected.
Melbourne Benjamin said about 16:30 hours he heard an unusual sound and upon investigation he made the discovery and alerted neighbours. He has been residing in Tucber Park since 1976 and had never witnessed anything like that before. “Is we on the back road going to feel it.”
Living a few doors from him is Maxciene Williams who was also on the scene. According to her, she reported the matter to the Mayor and Town Council a few moments after it was discovered. Up to Sunday, the breach was not sealed.
Efforts to contact officials of the New Amsterdam Mayor and Town Council were futile. Chairman of Region Six, Zulfikar Mustapha said he was not informed of the breach in Tucber Park. However, if corrective action is not taken then later today, the Region Six Engineer Wilfred Sue would visit the location to inspect and the necessary work would be done.
In August sections of the same sea dam eroded and water leaked into Tucber Park and Vryman’s Erven. Back then the contractor who was executing the job, Kenny Greene had said that he was hired to build a new sea dam revetment near the koker. Sand bags filled with cement mixture were placed to bind the sides since the 16-foot deep defense metal fenders have become porous due to age. Mr. Greene had also seen the need for general rehabilitation of the ‘pall off’ leading to the koker and for the said sea dam to be made higher as well.
Meanwhile, according to Mr. Mustapha, some $20 million was expended to protect residential areas from the spring tide. These projects fall under the 2010 Drainage and Irrigation $101 million work programme.
At present a 320 excavator is working at Vryheid, West Canje and if necessary this machinery would be placed in Tucber Park. At this location three major canals are being excavated. On the East Bank of Berbice in the Friends/Sisters area the embankment is now being raised at a cost of $5 million. According to him, recently the embankment at Fort Ordnance and Number Two Village in East Canje was elevated. The Administration also did similar work at Number Sixty-five and Sixty-six Villages. Burn Bush in East Canje was empoldered last month. A dam was constructed from Fort Ordnance to the Berbice River Bridge Access Road to prevent water from getting into the residential areas during the spring tide.
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