Like many other parts of Georgetown, East Coast and West Coast Demerara, West Bank Demerara and the Ogle Airport were not spared flood waters. And according to officials there the water level has been the highest since the 2005 floods.
According to Uditt Jagdeo, Environmental Officer of the Ogle Airport, the water was some six inches deep on Monday.
It had begun to recede by Tuesday.
Jagdeo added that the excess water has somewhat affected operations at the airport but not in any major way.
“We have the apron which is currently flooded and we have resorted to using one of the old concrete hanger floors on the other side of the 07 right 25 left run way as a apron for now.”
Jagdeo went on to explain that all the agencies operating at the airport including the Guyana Revenue Authority, Immigration and Customs, are all being facilitated by some change in systems.
Jagdeo said that the small run way was closed until the water on the apron has been drained off in an effort to facilitate the operators who are using the old concrete hanger floor.
“We closed the small run way to allow passing passengers, the loading of baggage and airline staff to cross the run way without worry about planes landing. We have two of our rangers out there with radios and they are in constant contact with the tower.”
Jagdeo said that no flights leaving the Ogle Air port were disrupted. He however noted that heavy rainfall does not really affect their operation. “Only if there is bad weather and poor visibility then we direct flights to Timehri. If a flight does not arrive as expected at Ogle then it has to be bad weather from the point of taking off.”
But Jagdeo noted that the water that accumulated on the apron of the airport is not a direct result of the heavy rain.
“All through the rain we weren’t flooding.
This water came up over Monday night. (It had to be) water from the backland that caused this flooding.”.
Also responding to query about this reoccurring in the event of another heavy rainfall Jagdeo said the current upgrade which is ongoing at the airport will see the flooded apron being rehabilitated.
“Plans are underway for the apron to be built to the same level as the runways so as to avoid this problem in the future given that the airport is being upgraded to an International Airport.”
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