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Guyana: Georgetown is flooded

georgetown flood

“This is the Demerara Cricket Club ground behind that wall – an enclosed wading pool with the slightest rain must now be a veritable lake,” writes Flickr user Chennette, a Trinidadian living in Guyana, in the caption to the image above:

I woke up this morning to find water up to my gate. It's all over town, many people on ground floors have water. It's not that high in some areas, like Queenstown for example, but I am not driving out there when I can't tell where the canals end and the road begins. Not to mention unknowingly stumbling upon feet rather than inches of water…It's not yet the floods of December 2004-January 2005, but I am thinking of that…      

This evening Chennette reports via FlickrMail that “the water hasn't really taken over the city completely, and it has receded in many areas, but that area of Queenstown hasn't changed at all. At all. What I am not looking forward to is the night time rains.”


  • water in Guyana!! lol you’re kidding me!!
    at this rate we’ll be able to swim down most streets and we wont need cars or buses

  • donna simon

    I am in the UK and would like to hear any news and views
    coming from Guyana via my Email address

  • lawrence cully

    Georgetown is below sea level, and some of the canals that the Dutch had built has been filled up. ( east street canal, running from lamaha to church st is one example) also the infrastructure is crumbling and desperately needs rebuilding.

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