Incessant rainfall and accompanying high tides have inundated many houses in and around Linden. Affected residents are bracing themselves, because the worse is yet to come, some have pointed out.
Some of the worst hit areas are Poker Street (Water Lily Road) and Second and Third Alleys, Wismar.
Surprisingly flood prone Silver City was relatively dry. But residents of that area said there is a reason for that as the nearby drains and creek were recently dug and cleared.
Residents on Poker Street are however calling on those in authority to do something about the koker, which they claimed is not functioning properly and should have been rehabilitated several years ago.
According to the residents they had been promised that the koker would have been rebuilt about ten years ago, but to date nothing has been done.
The result is that whenever there are periods of prolonged rainfall, many homes are flooded with the water that rushes down the hills and overflows the drains and creeks.
Any accompanying high tides usually exacerbate the situation.
A walk through the affected areas yesterday saw some persons bailing their homes, which in some cases were more than a foot under water, while others just looked on in frustration and resignation.
And in Georgetown,the residents of Hayley and Hardina Streets complained about excessive flooding.
They are now grumbling about their losses as a result of heavy rainfall.
“ I can’t even go to the shop to buy anything because I got to get a boat to reach across. I don’t want to send my kids because the water is dirty and I fear my child get sick,” said one concerned resident of Hayley Street.
Shop owners also claimed losses as the water destroyed goods left on the floor.
One resident said that for many years the drains have not been cleared.
While the rain is responsible for the floods in Halley and Hardina Streets, a disturbed resident complained that the Sussex Street koker was being left open and as such the salt water from Demerara River posed a serious dilemma in the Albouystown area.
One driver stated that he cannot conduct his normal afternoon activities since his entire surroundings is flooded as a result of salt water coming in from the Koker that was left open due to an employee’s negligence.
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