CoP warns drivers to avoid Uriah Butler Highway

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.

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