Plans for new outfall sluices to benefit regions three and six

August 23, 2021

Plans are on stream for Two eight-door outfall sluices to mitigate flooding in Region Three and Region Six, according to Senior Minister in the Office of the President with responsibility for Finance, Dr. Ashni Singh, MP.  Minister Singh noted that technical work to assess location and related design issues have commenced. He pointed out that  “the engineering work is happening right now. Once that engineering work is completed the construction work will start.” Dr. Singh said the outfall sluices will resemble the Hope Canal Project on the East Coast of Demerara.

The initiative is part of efforts to address the country’s current drainage capacity on the coast which is insufficient.  The above normal rainfall and high tide caused severe flooding from May-July. When the major sluices are completed, the lands will be drained efficiently, preserving the agriculture sector, which is usually severely affected.

In a related initiative to assist the farmers to restart crop and livestock production, a team of ministers visited Region Six on Sunday, to oversee the distribution of over $970 million in cheques to farmers. More than $7 billion has been earmarked to be distributed to the flood-affected farmers. This is in addition to the almost 60,000 food and sanitation hampers distributed by the Civil Defence Commission.

A flooded yard in Region Three in June