The Minister of Rural Development and Local Government, Senator Kazim Hosein, has advised that the Municipal Emergency Operations Centre of the ministry has been partially activated following reports of flooding across the country.
Hosein urges all citizens to be cautious when traversing areas where the impact of inclement weather, such as flooding and fallen trees, have been confirmed saying, “We have received several reports of areas where water levels are very high and the DMUs are on-site lending assistance where they can. I encourage members of the public to contact their respective Disaster Management Unit through the 24hr Hotline Numbers in the case of flooding or any other problems in their area.”
Citizens are also advised to keep abreast of warnings and updates from the Trinidad and Tobago Meteorological Service (MET Office), Office of Disaster Preparedness and Management (ODPM) and other reputable sources for timely and accurate information.
The Trinidad and Tobago Meteorological Service (MET Office) has issued a Riverine Flood Alert #1 - Yellow level for surrounding areas of smaller rivers and tributaries, particularly in southern Trinidad.
Reports received by our DMUs indicate that the following areas are experiencing street and flash flooding at this time;
1) Satnarine Trace, Clarke Road
2) Wilson Road, Penal
3) Bunsee Trace
4) Clarke Road, Penal
5) Penal Rock Road
6) Batchiya Trace
7) Debe Trace
8) Rochard Road
9) Wellington Road
10) New Colonial Road, Barrackpore
11) S.S Erin Road in the vicinity of Batchiya Trace Cemetery
12) San Francique
13) Lachoos Road, Penal
1) Quarry Village, Siparia
2) Mendez Village, Siparia
1) In the vicinity of Pleasantville
1) Oropiche River Trace, Jones Village
2) Oropouche South Trace, Barrackpore
3) Figari Trace Basse Terre, Moruga
4) Second Branch, Buen Intento
5) Western Trace, St Mary’s Road
6) Realise Road, Barrackpore
Parts of Port of Spain, Mayaro, Diego Martin and Point Fortin have also been affected by today’s severe rainfall. As a result, all municipal corporations stand ready to assist their burgesses. Heads of Departments, Chief Executive Officers and Council members are in the field and are conducting assessments and providing relief assistance.
Additionally, Disaster Management Units have begun distributing sandbags and providing first response assistance to all affected citizens. Presently, Disaster Management officials are responding to reports of blown-off roofs and assisting to clear fallen trees in an effort to ensure that all routes remain accessible to the public.
Shelter managers have been alerted and shelters will be activated as the need arises. Over six hundred (600) Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) volunteers, who have been trained by the Ministry since the beginning of 2019, are on standby to assist their communities.