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Conservancy Under Threat Due To Heavy Rainfall

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As heavy and persistent rainfall continues to pound the coastlands the east Demerara water conservancy is coming under threat and as a result the agriculture ministry has announced that the commission of the conservancy as a last resort has decided to begin the controlled release of water through the Mahaica Creek using the Maduni and Lama outlets. The release began this afternoon as water in the conservancy approached a threatening level.

The agriculture ministry today said that From the start of the La Nina weather period, excess water was being dumped from the water conservancy into the Demerara River at Land of Canaan and two other outlets.

This evening the EDWC Commission is urging that all precautions be undertaken to ensure that the discharge of water does not aggravate an already rising Mahaica Creek which it says is due to the historic level of rainfall along the coast and in the upper reaches which flow into the various creeks and rivers.

Residents in the upper reaches of the Mahaica and Mahaicony Creeks are advised to be on the alert and to take necessary precautions with the impending release of water to prevent any pressure on the dam.

The Civil Defence Commission has been informed of the move. And residents in other east coast communities are also being warned to take precautions against the possibility of flooding. Farm backlands are expected to be most affected.

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