Natural Disaster

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.

Anxiety as rains bring more flooding

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.

Rowley: A national disaster

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.”