Fear grips Greenvale residents

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.

PM pledges no more flooding in Greenvale

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.

Lessons learnt from Greenvale disaster

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.

Repair work in Greenvale still incomplete

Five months and counting since the floods in Greenvale affected thousands of residents and repair works are still incomplete.

Today some residents are demanding the Housing Development Corporation keeps its promise to them.

Otto Carrington spoke with the residents and the HDC Managing Director for this story.


No new homes for HDC Greenvale flood victims

While the Hous­ing De­vel­op­ment Cor­po­ra­tion (HDC) is not con­sid­er­ing re­lo­cat­ing Green­vale res­i­dents who were hit by the Oc­to­ber floods, some res­i­dents have al­so with­drawn re­lo­ca­tion re­quests be­cause of flood mit­i­ga­tion pro­grammes.

Hous­ing Min­is­ter Ed­mund Dil­lon made both points in the Sen­ate on Mon­day. He was ques­tioned by the Op­po­si­tion con­cern­ing the sit­u­a­tion with HDC’s 634 Green­vale de­vel­op­ment res­i­dents who were se­vere­ly af­fect­ed by the Oc­to­ber floods.

Work ongoing to prevent repeat of Greenvale mess

Min­is­ter of Works and Trans­port Ro­han Sinanan has said his Min­istry is work­ing to en­sure that last year's dev­as­tat­ing flood­ing at the Hous­ing De­vel­op­ment Cor­po­ra­tion's Green­vale hous­ing de­vel­op­ment does not hap­pen again.

Many Green­vale res­i­dents, who oc­cu­py hous­ing units and apart­ments south of La Hor­quet­ta, are still re­build­ing in the wake of last year dis­as­ter.

Sev­er­al res­i­dents have aban­doned their homes while oth­ers are wary the next rainy sea­son could spell dan­ger.