Koker attendant sleeps as river water floods GT communities

first_img– City Council launches investigationBy Shemuel FanfairResidents of Alexander Village and Riverview, Ruimveldt, are counting their losses after their properties were flooded owing to the negligence of a koker attendant who reportedly slept and left the sluice open.Guyana Times met with affected persons on Wednesday who were calling for compensation to be paid out to them over the damage to equipment and household goods they suffered. This publication was told that the Riverview koker door was left open for more than two hours after the time it should have been closed.It was explained that the door was meant to be closed at 22:00h Tuesday, but the sluice attendant reportedly slept away and was only awakened when residents realised the water was rushing into their yards and homes.“Many nights, I does wake them up because I live in here and I know the tide and if I see they lapsing, I does go and wake them,” expressed a Riverview man, whose newly-purchased $125,000 refrigerator stopped working on Wednesday morning.Workers at Riverview, Ruimveldt were clearing bush and clogged drains following the overnight floodingResidents said the attendant and others attempted to battle the waters just after midnight, but this was too late and water kept on gushing in. The situation got worse as high tide came in around 03:00h Wednesday.“Water was still inside the fridge; the bottom cupboard get wet, and I had to lose a day’s pay to ensure my things dem secure,” city hotel chef Trevor Spencer told this newspaper.The Riverview shop owner who is popularly known as Ziko told Guyana Times that Wednesday’s flooding was not the first such incident, recalling that several months ago issues at the koker caused flooding in the area. During the morning hours on Wednesday, workers, presumably attached to the city, were seen clearing access drains in the area. Residents noted that poor drainage contributed to the flooding, adding that the drains were not regularly cleared.“De water can’t run nowhere,” a man in the community relayed.Many students were kept away from school, and Alexander Village residents said flooding there was compounded by a backdam canal which was not cleaned for over five years.The backdam canal at Alexander Village which residents said has not been cleaned in over five years“It’s not fair that everything you working for hard and investing in just getting damaged every time there is flooding. You cleaning, but it ain’t make no sense because it is the same thing happening all the time,” an Alexander Village resident disclosed.Meanwhile, Georgetown Mayor Patricia Chase Green was on site and reportedly told Riverview residents that someone from City Hall would check with them to assess their losses. She revealed that City Hall would launch a probe into the flood situation.“We’re going to have an emergency meeting, have an investigation and move forward. I am waiting on my engineer and the other men on the floor to tell me exactly what happened, but I can see actual damage,” she noted.However, just before lunch, residents said they were still waiting on the assessment team, adding that they were promised disinfectant fluid to wash their premises with. One woman, a teacher from the Riverview area, however, indicated that disinfectant fluid was not enough to compensate for the losses they suffered. She further related that her daughter’s books, toys and the family computer were all destroyed in the intense overnight flooding.The residents are calling for the City Council to address immediately their concerns.last_img read more


first_imgLetterkenny Chamber of Commerce is enticing people to stay in Letterkenny rather than go to Derry for Halloween after organising a huge Halloween festival.On October 31st the town centre will be filled with music, entertainment, face painting, trick or treating and a surprise or two for those who attend.The Chamber are launching this campaign at an apt time as the sterling rate against the Euro is £0.80p=€1.00 and a lot of local Letterkenny businesses are offering £1.oo=€1.25. This festival is a first for Letterkenny. A number of businesses will be participating in a trick or treat trail. This involves children accompanied by adults registering at Market Square.They will receive wrist bands and a list of participating business where they can collect treats. Registered children and adults can avail of free face painting. There will be fancy dress competitions, interactive story telling and lots more.Thanks to funding from Letterkenny Town Council, ShopLK has organised plenty of activities and campaigns throughout the year and there is lots more to come by the end of the year.John Watson Chamber President said it is great to see all the retailers getting behind this campaign. “We want people to re-discover Letterkenny. This town is the shopping centre of Donegal and with more involvement from the community we can build on this year after year. As Chamber President I am delighted to be part of this.“We’d love to see as many families and young people as possible come to Main Street and the other shopping areas. There are prizes for the best costumes and some surprises along the way. ”LETTERKENNY CHAMBER TO PUT ‘FRIGHTENERS’ ON DERRY WITH HUGE HALLOWEEN FESTIVAL was last modified: October 16th, 2012 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:Chamber President John WatsonDerryLetterkenny Halloween festivallast_img read more