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CORRECTION: Sea defence breach at Bush Lot/ Maida, Corentyne

The Sea and River Defence Department (SRDD), under the Ministry of Public Infrastructure,  Thursday night said it was responding to a sea defence breach at Bush Lot/Maida,Corentyne.

The breach was reported shortly after 19:00hrs this evening, December 24, 2015, in a critical section of sea defence. The stretch, spanning 800 metres, is currently having permanent works conducted on it by Toolsie Persaud Quarry Inc., which was awarded the contract in September.

Though work has begun, there is a section spanning 100 feet that is still to be addressed. This section was the area that was breached.

SRDD will be mobilising tomorrow, December 25, 2015, and will conduct temporary works to secure the breached area. Additionally, drainage works, including the clearing of channels, will be done to create some diversion for the inundated waters.

SRDD is also currently determining the extent of the effect of the breach on residents and existing structures.

This breach comes during a spring tide period of December 22, 2015 to December 29, 2015. The predicted tide indicates above normal levels for this period.

The highest tides are expected to be on Friday December 25, 2015 at 3:47pmat a height of 3.10 metres and Saturday December 26, 2015 at 4:28pmat a height of 3.08 metres.

MPI wishes to remind all persons residing along the banks of rivers and low lying coastal areas to take all necessary precautions against possible flooding. Precaution should also be taken by all mariners, including those operating fishing vessels and larger vessels. Use of beaches and foreshore areas for recreational purposes during this period is not advised.