Charity continues to be flooded as heavy rainfall continues throughout the
Pomeroon-Supenaam Region. Charity seems to be the most affected due to its silted drainage system amongst other factors.
According the Charity Neighborhood Democratic Council (NDC), works had commenced in desilting the clogged drains in the residential areas.
NDC chairman Deatrice Mittelholzer said that two mini excavators are currently working in the housing scheme. “We have the two mini excavators scooping silt from the trenches, in the mean time we have the long boom in Summerset cleaning the main canals. This long boom is expected to head down to Charity in the next week to commence work on the main canals here.
Though siltation plays an integral role in flooding, it is believed that the nearby overflowing Pomeroon River still proves itself an imminent threat to local residents and farmers.
There had been multiple instances of the overflowing of the Pomeroon River. Residents explained that the river’s mouth had been silted up for almost three decades due to coconut residues dispatched into the river.
The NDC chairman explained that in the former administration efforts were made to have the
river mouth desilted, however to date no improvements had been made. Overflowing of the Pomeroon River contributes to the flooding of nearby farms in the Pomeroon as well as some parts of the Charity waterfront. Farmers are always reinforcing their dams and desilting their irrigation channels.
Farmers believe that the water gates at the Dawa pump may be dispensing water from the highlands into the Pomeroon River, resulting in the overflow. Water control from the Tapakuma is pumped into the rice field and the sluice lets out water into the Pomeroon River. This helps with the overtopping.
However, the Regional Chairman Mr. Daveanand Ramdatt said that the Dawa pump has not been dispensing water into the river for some time now and the heavy rainfall continues to be the only reason for the river’s overflow.
According to Ramdatt proper internal drainage is essential. “The sluices that we have here are not locked properly. One sluice here even if it is locked there are trickles. The pump on the other hand is too small. There are currently three sluices that need urgent attention.”
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