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Flood waters have started rising in Woodland, even as residents made a desperate call on Government to rebuild the embankment along the New Cut Channel, which drains into the Godineau River.
Soogrim Bissoon of Pluck Road had three inches of water inside his house. He had spent thousands of dollars building a cylinder and backfilling the front of his home to keep out the water. But it did not work.
“The water is coming up from under and we had to put everything on a height,” he said.
Next door, Rajo Bissoon, 80, and Lisa Ramsaran, also were complaining about water intrusion inside their home.
Wading through two feet of water to reach our camera crews, Bissoon called on the government to improve the drains in front of their home.
Ramsaran, who sells milk, ghee and dhahee, said the roadside drain had been filled up because of indiscriminate backfilling.
On Wednesday, contractors from the area went to the New Cut Channel near the Sudama Teerath site, which is connected to the South Oropouche River, and began building-up the embankment, in a desperate attempt to keep out the floods.
They had hoped to beat the 1 am onslaught of high tide. Notwithstanding their efforts, flood waters have hit the area.
One hour before high tide, floods also rose along Suchit Trace, Penal and along with parts of the Rock Road.
Guardian Media will bring you more as information about the flooding situation comes to hand.