The Ministry of Education has stated only schools that have been affected by the rains and those that are being used as shelters will be closed.
In a press release today, the Education Minister issued a call for parents and students to be vigilant during these rains.
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
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.
There are no reports of fatalities as a result of the flooding in some parts of Trinidad, National Security Minister Stuart Young has said.
Young made the statement during a press conference his ministry a short while ago, as reports of one dead in Greenville, La Horquetta, began being circulated on social media.
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.
Weather forecast courtesy the TTMS for the period this afternoon and tonight.
Cloudy to overcast with frequent periods of light to moderate showers or rain over broad areas.
Some of these showers can become heavy and thundery.
Conditions should gradually settle from evening with lingering showers overnight of which some can become heavy or thundery.
GUSTY WINDS, STREET/FLASH FLOODING IS LIKELY IN AREAS OF HEAVYSHOWERS/THUNDERSTORMS!
Adverse Weather Alert In Effect: Orange Level! Riverine Flood Alert In Effect: Red Level!
Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley has declared the flooding which has hits various parts of the country a national disaster.
In a statement posted on social media a short while ago from St Helena, his second stop on a tour of the most ravaged areas, Rowley said, “This is a national disaster, the flooding is quite widespread and quite severe and it is going to cost a lot of money to bring relief to people who have been affected. Notwithstanding whatever shortages we are experiencing, we will have to find the resources to help.”
The University of the West Indies has been closed today due to high flooding.
The following is the full statement from Camous officials:
Given limited mobility across the country due to high flooding, please be advised that The UWI St. Augustine Campus has been closed today, Saturday October 20th, 2018. Consequently, all classes for today are also cancelled.
Minister of Education Anthony Garcia has issued an urgent call to principals of primary and seconday schools in La Horquetta, Maloney and Arima to report to their schools so they can be used as emergency shelters.
Upward of two thousand (2000) persons have been displaced within these communities and immediate assistance is needed.
The Ministry of Education is in contact with the Ministry of Local Government and Rural Development to see what support is needed and where shelters can be provided.