Region 10 officials on Saturday, visited several of the communities in Linden affected by the flooding, to get a first-hand understanding of the impact it has on those affected. The delegation included Regional Member of Parliament Jermaine Figueira, Regional Chairman Deron Adams and Regional Vice Chairman Douglas Gittens. Several regional councillors also fanned out in the various communities, particularly on the Wismar shore.
Communities affected include Silvertown, Silver City, Christianburg, Victory Valley, First, Second and Third Alleys, Rainbow City, Speightland and Coomacka. The regional officials took the opportunity to interact with residents, assist with the digging of drains and to to gather information to provide to the relevant authorities such the the Civil Defence Commission and the National Drainage and Irrigation Authority for the necessary intervention.
During Saturday’s activities, MP Figueira, on behalf of the Caring for Others Organization, distributed several cleaning supplies, long boots, gloves and other items needed during this time. Figueira said he has been on the ground since last week and would have made an initial distribution to residents of Silver Town. “It is important that the residents see their elected officials on the ground, and so we are here with the people, listening to the challenges, providing assistance both tangibly and by words of encouragement and just serving the people during this trying time.
Regional Chairman Deron Adams said this is one of the worst floods the region has experienced and it is important to provide the assistance needed immediately. On Friday, Adams engaged President Irfaan Ali and Prime Minister Mark Phillips about the severity of the flooding in the region and the need for government assistance. Adams is also calling for the activation of the flood relief task force.