Ministry: Stay off the North Coast Road unless you're a resident

The Ministry of Works and Transport is calling on citizens to avoid commute to the North Coast Road today unless absolutely necessary.

The Ministry says citizens must place their public safety first.

It says unless you are a resident in the area, you should not try to use the road until further notice due to the continuation of landslides.

The Ministry says it is maintaining one lane open at this time so motorists should expect traffic delays.

Met Office discontinues rough seas warning

The Trinidad and Tobago Meteorological Service says that buoy data as well as reports reaching them indicate that agitated sea conditions in open waters around Trinidad and Tobago have improved.

A statement by the Met Services says the strong winds that were the primary cause of rough sea conditions have decreased, with a corresponding decrease in wave heights.

The Met Services is discontinuing further statements with regard to this rough seas event.

Expect water shortages in northern Trinidad as rainfall causes shutdown of WASA plants

The Water and Sewerage Authority (WASA) is advising customers that heavy rainfall overnight has resulted in the shutdown of several water treatment plants throughout North Trinidad, due to a number of issues including turbid river conditions, clogged intake screens and power failures.

The affected facilities include the following plants: Hollis, Tompire, Matura, Aripo, Quare, Guanapo, Luengo & Naranjo, Acono, Caura.

The affected areas include: Toco, Rampanalgas, Salybia, Valencia, Santa Rosa Heights, Arima, Tunapuna, Tacarigua and Maracas St. Joseph.

Bulletin: Water in major rivers, tributaries reaching threshold levels

The Met Office is updating the Riverine Flood Alert for Trinidad, having regard to the current rainfall activity, as well as forecast rainfall expected over the next 24 hours.

In its latest bulletin, the Met Office says that as opposed to Street and Flash Flooding, Riverine Flooding is more prolonged and widespread.

It says that information from the Water Resources Agency indicate that water levels in some of the nation’s major rivers as well as their tributaries are fast approaching threshold levels.

Rough seas to continue for 2-3 days

The Met Office says that buoy data as well as reports reaching the Trinidad and Tobago Meteorological Service indicate that sea conditions in open waters around Trinidad and Tobago continue to be moderate to rough with wave heights reaching up to 3.5 metres.

It says these above-normal marine conditions are attributed to relatively strong surface winds which are currently agitating the surface of the Atlantic Ocean.

Be careful at the beaches - rough seas bulletin now in effect

The Met Office is above-normal sea conditions and is warning sea bathers and marine interests to be cautious.

The following is a bulletin issued by the Met Office at 12.30 pm Wednesday.

"Buoy data as well as reports reaching the Trinidad and Tobago Meteorological Service indicate that sea conditions being experienced in open waters around Trinidad and Tobago are moderate to rough with wave heights reaching up to 3.0 metres.

Felicity poultry farm facing possible shutdown by EMA

A Felicity poultry farm is facing the possibility of shutdown by the Environmental Management Authority (EMA).

This, after the EMA conducted an investigation into complaints by residents of the farm's infringement on their well-being.

The followng is an EMA statement:

"Today, a Team from the Environmental Management Authority (EMA) investigated the concerns of residents of Felicity, Chaguanas regarding a public health nuisance to their well being and enjoyment of property as a result of a poultry (duck) farm in the area.

Ministry promises hard stance against illegal dumping of garbage

The Ministry of Rural Development and Local Government says that as part of the ongoing efforts to monitor cleanliness across the nation, it has come to light that the problem of illegal dumping has increased during the Christmas season.

In a statement issued by the Ministry, Minister Kazim Hosein says the Ministry is taking a hard stance against illegal dumping on roadsides and along river banks as it poses a major threat to public health.