Rohan: Uriah Butler Highway patchwork temporary

Works Min­is­ter Ro­han Sinanan is as­sur­ing that once tem­po­rary patch­work is com­plet­ed, the dam­aged Uri­ah But­ler High­way will be repaved.

He made the com­ment mo­ments ago, even as work­ers from the min­istry con­tin­ued work­ing of patch­ing up sev­er­al ar­eas of the high­way where flood wa­ters had caused se­ri­ous struc­tur­al dam­age to the road­way.

An aer­i­al view of the high­way showed there were still flood wa­ters on the south­bound car­riage­way of the high­way near the Ca­roni Bird Sanc­tu­ary Over­pass up to 10 am.

Health Ministry: No flood related deaths reported

The Ministry of Health says there have been no reports of death due to the current flooding.

In a press release today the ministry made reference to reports in the public domain alluding to the death of a resident of Greenvale Park, La Horquetta, as a result of the severe flooding in that area.

The Ministry of Health reiterated that as of yesterday October 21st  their surveillance system has not produced any confirmed reports of death due to the current flooding.

Works Ministry starts highway repair

The Min­istry of Works and Trans­port has start­ed re­pair work on var­i­ous parts of the Uri­ah But­ler High­way which were dam­aged by the week­end’s dev­as­tat­ing flood­ing.

Both lanes were re­opened to traf­fic hours ago af­ter min­istry of­fi­cials de­ter­mined flood wa­ters on the south­bound lane had re­ced­ed suf­fi­cient­ly.

Flooding hits Mason Hall

Res­i­dents of Ma­son Hall, To­ba­go, are thank­ful no one was hurt when trib­u­taries from the Sandy Riv­er over­flowed their banks yes­ter­day.

At Es­tate Trace, Adel­phi Road, the road­way over a bridge lead­ing to five fam­i­lies flood­ed "sud­den­ly" just af­ter 11 am.

Just over two weeks ago the en­tire trace was paved by the To­ba­go House of As­sem­bly (THA) for the first time since the trace was built to ac­com­mo­date don­key carts over 40 years ago.

Wrecker owners exploiting trapped UBH drivers

With the Ca­roni Riv­er still over­flow­ing its banks, hun­dreds of mo­torists ei­ther try­ing to get to north or south Trinidad re­main strand­ed on the Uri­ah But­ler High­way.

And while hun­dreds of Good Samar­i­tans have risked their own well­be­ing to take aid to flood vic­tims as tor­ren­tial rain and flood­ing con­tin­ues across Trinidad, dis­turb­ing sto­ries about wreck­er own­ers ex­ploit­ing those trapped have emerged.

Looters strike in Greenvale

Na­tion­al Se­cu­ri­ty Min­is­ter Stu­art Young is warn­ing loot­ers that they will face the full brunt of the law if caught steal­ing items from flood vic­tims.

His com­ments came dur­ing a tour of flood-raved Green­vale, La Hor­quet­ta, hours ago, fol­low­ing com­plaints by scores of res­i­dents hit hard by the flood­ing that loot­ers had cart­ed away their be­long­ings last night while they were re­lo­cat­ed to shel­ters

CAL still hit by domestic disruptions

More Caribbean Air­lines do­mes­tic flights con­tin­ue to be dis­rupt­ed by the ad­verse weath­er con­di­tions at both Pi­ar­co and Arthur NR Robin­son In­ter­na­tion­al Air­ports.

Pas­sen­gers try­ing to get to the air­port in Trinidad have been un­able to pass through flood­ed routes.

Caribbean Air­lines, in a state­ment ear­li­er to­day, said all af­fect­ed pas­sen­gers are be­ing ac­com­mo­dat­ed on al­ter­na­tive flights.

In ad­di­tion, the air­line said it will be­gin to op­er­ate a jet ser­vice from 1.45 pm to­day to clear the back­log of pas­sen­gers.