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Residents, business owners of the Lower East coast count their losses after spring tides – 15th Jan 2013

shot0002The water has receded from the affected sections of the lower East Coast Demerara and engineers were on the ground putting systems in place for the next spring tide.

The high tides have becomes a norm on the lower East Coast, a consequence of rising sea levels.

Today over at the Ocean View international Hotel, workers were doing the mopping up exercise with the hope of an early opening. The hotel was forced to close its doors after the high tide yesterday afternoon. That development resulted in the flooding of several areas. Traffic was halted as motorists found it difficult to drive through the deep waters.

According to the Ministry of Agriculture, Coastal Guyana has been under threat by spring tides since Tuesday 8th Jan 2013. Unfortunately, on Monday 14th Jan 2013 a frontal system passed through the Atlantic, just North East of the Lesser Antilles. This supported increase in wind flow/speeds resulting from this weather system coupled with the spring tides would have created the type of storm surges experienced yesterday afternoon along Guyana’s coast.

The Ministry noted that the current spring tides are expected to continue until 16th January. The Ministry added that the sea conditions remain hazardous. All marine interests are advised to continue to exercise extreme caution as models are suggesting rough and high seas in open waters and along coast of Guyana for next 24 to 36 hours.

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