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Warden Message: Guyana Rainy Season Flood Hazards

U.S. Embassy Georgetown issued the following Warden Message on January 2:



This message is being sent to warn American citizens living or traveling in Guyana of potential flood-related hazards.  Many areas of Guyana are experiencing heavy rains and flooding during this rainy season.  The East Demerara Water Conservancy is reaching dangerous levels.  The rain is likely to continue in the coming weeks.


Due to the potential of widespread flooding, the U.S. Embassy encourages U.S. citizens living in low-lying areas to be alert to the need to move to higher ground if necessary.  If you have not already done so, now is the time to make preparations in the event that more serious flooding occurs.


Preparations should include having plenty of potable water and non-perishable foods on hand.  Important family documents, such as passports and other records, should be stored in a waterproof container.  Fresh fruits and vegetables should be bleached to avoid disease.


For the latest security information, Americans living and traveling abroad should regularly monitor the Department of State?s Bureau of Consular Affairs Internet website at http://travel.state.gov, where the current Worldwide Caution and country specific information can be found.  Up-to-date information on security can also be obtained by calling 1-888-407-4747 toll-free in the U.S. and Canada or, for callers outside the U.S. and Canada, a regular toll line at 1-202-501-4444.  These numbers are available from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Eastern Time, Monday through Friday (except U.S. Federal holidays).


The U.S. Embassy in Georgetown remains open and can be reached at 592-225-4900 through 225-4909; the afterhours emergency number is 592-623-1992; the fax number is 592-225-8497.  The Embassy's web site, which includes country specific information for Guyana is at http://georgetown.usembassy.gov/.



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