Police Commissioner Gary Griffith is warning motorists to avoid roads and highways between the Munroe Road Flyover in Chaguanas heading north and Grand Bazaar, Valsayn, heading south, since they are now impassable due to high water levels.
In an advisory sent out just before midday, Griffith said officers from the T&T Police Service are on the scene to maintain order and provide support where necessary.
Several parts of the Uriah Butler Highway became impassable from early this morning as rivers which either run parallel to or cross the roadway overflowed their banks.
The Caroni River and its tributaries and the Guayamare River were some of the first waterways to do so, causing major flooding just before the Munroe Road overpass which brought traffic to a standstill.
There was a similar issue at the Caroni Bird Sanctuary overpass, where some vehicles became submerged in flood waters after drivers tried to go through only to realise they could not and their vehicles shut down. Eventually motorists had to cross to the side of the highway which was still dry and seek alternative routes.
More on this story as news comes to hand.