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.
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.
As thousands of citizens remain trapped in their homes by flood waters and shelters are filling up with those who had to flee their homes in the past 72 hours, heavy rainfall has started again, causing flooding in other parts of the country and keeping levels in other areas already affected high.
Around 1 pm, rain was reported in La Horquetta, one of the hardest hit areas over the past few days.
Heavy rainfall was also reported in Freeport, Couva, San Fernando, Santa Cruz, Diego Martin, Cunupia, Piarco and Princes Town.
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.”