While endorsing the need for a "national conversation" on perennial flooding, a release from the Ministry of Planning and Development has indicated that the Town and Country Planning Division (TCPD) has taken further steps to create Spatial Planning Guidelines to guide national development activities for Climate Change Adaptation and Flood-prone areas.
Almost an entire month’s worth of rain fell in T&T between Saturday evening and yesterday.
This was confirmed by Minister of Public Utilities Robert Le Hunte during a press conference at the Ministry of National Security’s Temple Court yesterday afternoon.
Parts of Trinidad and Tobago can expect flooding over the next two days.
This is according to CNC3 News weather anchor Kalain Hosein, who said heavy rainfall is forecast across both islands although the most intense rainfall is expected over the northern parts of Trinidad.
These areas include the East/West corridor, Caroni River basin and Oropouche River basin.
Over the last four hours, parts of northern Trinidad have experienced 25-50 millimetres of rainfall.
People who live or work in these areas are advised to take the necessary precautions.
Although the country received some of the heaviest rains so far for this year’s rainy season over the past few days, CEO of the Office for Disaster Preparedness and Management (ODPM) Cpt Neville Wint said there were minimum reports of flooding during these showers.
However, he confirms they have received reports of flooding in Arima, Tunapuna, Siparia and parts of Chaguanas.
News of the official start of the 2019 rainy season resurrected fear among Greenvale residents, who were displaced after last year’s catastrophic floods.
Last October, over 400 residents’ homes in Greenvale, La Horquetta, were inundated with water following heavy and persistent rainfall activity. Arguably, it was the community most impacted at the time.
Six months after residents of Greenvale, La Horquetta, suffered widespread flooding in their community, Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley yesterday gave the assurance that such disaster will never happen again.
Rowley’s comments came after he toured the housing development, which was adversely affected by flooding following heavy and persistent showers on October 19, 2018.
The PM also viewed works on the second phase of the $400 million Cumuto to Manzanilla Highway which was awarded to Kallco in 2017.
Minister of National Security Stuart Young has said the Greenvale disaster has proved a major lesson for this country concerning its approach to disaster preparation.
The Minister admitted that there were numerous challenges which came to the forefront when flood waters rose suddenly last October leaving scores of residents in danger.
He was speaking at the opening ceremony for the National Disaster Preparedness Baseline Assessment Workshop at the Hilton Trinidad on Wednesday.