Wednesday 14 November, 2018

As citizens struggle to recover from floods, more rain approaches

Government teams, NGOs, citizens and others rallied together to attempt to clean up the effects of recent disastrous flooding, even as more rain is forecast to pass over the island within the next few days.

Many areas, including Mayaro, Mafeking, Moruga, Debe, Penal, Couva, Barrackpore, St Helena, Caparo, Kelly Village, and more, were devastated by flooding as a result of heavy rains last week and over the weekend.

More rain is scheduled to pass over the country within the next 24-48 hours.

Mayaro

Mayaro MP Rushton Paray said the focus is now on cleaning up and assisting residents who were affected. The Office of Disaster Preparedness and Management (ODPM) reported that 800 reports were made for flood damage in the Mayaro/Manzanilla area alone.

Paray said that the area is preparing for additional rainfall and is praying that the area will be spared.

Paray said the Manzanilla-Mayaro road is still partially flooded and is not accessible to low vehicles, however SUVs and trucks may still pass with caution.

“Flooding has dissipated from affected communities, but there is still water on the Manzanilla-Mayaro Road which is still impassable to low vehicles.”

“In terms of our tasks between yesterday and today, we are now in clean-up mode,” he said, adding that 340 homes were assessed and reports taken by the Disaster Management Unit.

He added that 150 people from CEPEP are out assisting residents with cleaning up, while the regional corporations are employed in cleaning up tanks and other infrastructure.

Flooding devastates parts of South, Central Trinidad

Princes Town

Local government representatives, NGOs and others were active on Monday carrying out clean-up activities on Sunday and Monday.

“The Corinth/ Cedar Hill Coordinating Committee under the patronage of Councillor Shawn Premchand coordinated their 4th Disaster Relief Efforts for Flood Victims of South Trinidad. Thanks to all who contributed and volunteered their services. Special thanks to the MP for Naparima Hon Rodney Charles, The MP for Princes Town Hon. Barry Shiva Padarath and The Hon. Kamla Persad Bissessar for their support and guidance,” said Premchand in a social media post on Sunday.

 

Penal/Debe

The Penal/Debe area was also afflicted by severe flooding. Councillor Shanty Boodram was on the ground assessing damages and giving out relief items to residents who were affected by flooding.

The Penal/Debe region is also in desperate need of mattresses, food supplies, water, medical supplies, cleaning supplies and anything else that can render assistance to persons marooned in their homes and affected by flooding.

Please call the DMU Department at 647-2975/647-0961 ext 203 or the Chairman's Office at 647-0685.

 

El Socorro

In El Socorro, water levels remained high on Monday after heavy rains caused flooding to several main roads, including the Eastern Main Road.

Members of the UNC relief team along with Councillor Amit Sooknanan and a team of volunteers from Building T&T, Foundation for Social Upliftment, T&T Global Initiative and SewaTT, carried meals and water to assist flood-affected residents in El Socorro South.

 

Barrackpore

Moruga councillor Joseph Lorant along with NGOs, military personnel and others braved the flood waters to issue relief items to residents in parts of Moruga over the weekend and on Monday.

Lorant said he was encouraged by the show of support from the community.  

“Today my heart smiled with the assistance that was rendered to my electoral district for yet another day and another time. Much thanks to the ASHNAD Foundation; Barrackpore Islamic Centre (BIC); Trinidad & Tobago Defence Force (TTDF); Vidic Board; Baksh Construction Services Ltd; Mud Outlaws off-road crew and the hundreds of Volunteers that assisted in the delivery of breakfast, lunch and hampers. Much thank to the chairman of council, chairman of disaster and other council members with special thanks to Councillor Rafi Mohammed,” he said Monday.

Meanwhile, councillor for Barrackpore West of the Peñal/Debe Regional Corporation Kumarie Kuarsingh also visited residents afflicted by flooding, giving bottles of water and other relief items.

Arriving by canoe, she visited residents of Mahadeo Trace, Debe on Friday who were victims of severe flooding.

Kumarsingh said she has been visiting residents since last Thursday after heavy rains fell, collecting data and distributing relief items.

Donations of flood relief items are being accepted by the Barrackpore West Office. If you wish to assist please call 270-1949.

 

Kelly Village/Warrenville

Councillor for Kelly Village/Warrenville, Samuel Sankar, said although flood waters have subsided, preparations must be taken to ensure that flooding of this nature does not happen again.

Sankar, a member of the St Augustine Rotary Club, said he has been out visiting flood-affected residents to assess damages in over the weekend and on Monday.  

“The challenge is that it’s been only four months since Tropical Storm Bret. People have not yet fully recovered coming out of that. They’ve had severe losses in terms of equipment, household appliances, furniture etc. and as of now not all of them have been able to access the assistance they were promises, nor have they been visited by the Ministry,” he said.

He said however that he has taken data to facilitate the relief assistance process.

He added that roads which were affected during the last set of heavy weather still have not been repaired and will worsen with continued floods.

He added that the delay in garbage collection exacerbates flooding, as material is washed away into rivers.

We have a garbage issue, with the contractors. We clean the drain, and place it at the side of the roads for collection, then rain falls and you have flooding, and everything is washed back into it. It’s a plaster on the plaster,” he said.

Sankar added that there is a communication problem between the local and central agencies in order to ensure that these matters are addressed.

Citizens are urged to follow the Trinidad and Tobago Meteorological Service for weather updates, and to follow their local Regional Corporations on Facebook.

Contacts are as follows:

Emergency Contacts:

ODPM: 511 or 999

TTPS: 555, 800-TIPS

Ambulance: 811

Fire Emergency: 990

Regional Corporation (Disaster Management Unit) Hotline Numbers:

Diego Martin Regional Corporation: 800-DMRC (3672)

San Juan/Laventille Regional Corporation: 800-SLRC (7572)

Arima Borough Corporation: 800-2ABC (2222)

Tunapuna/Piarco Regional Corporation: 800-TPRC (8272)

Port-of-Spain City Corporation: 800-PSCC (7722)

Sangre Grande Regional Corporation: 800-SGRC (7472)

Chaguanas Borough Corporation: 800-DCBC (3222)

Couva/Tabaquite/Talparo Regional Corporation: 800-CTTC (2882)

Mayaro/Rio Claro Regional Corporation: 800-4MRC (4672)

Princes Town Regional Corporation: 800-PTRC (7872)

Point Fortin Borough Corporation: 800-PFCB (7322)

 San Fernando City Corporation: 800-SCDU (7238)

 Penal/Debe Regional Corporation: 800-PDRC (7372)

 Siparia Regional Corporation: 800-4SRC (4772)

 

On Facebook:

Penal/Debe Regional Corporation: www.facebook.com/pdrccouncil

Princes Town Regional Corporation: www.facebook.com/PTRCTRINIDAD

Tunapuna/Piarco Regional Corporation: www.facebook.com/Tunapuna-Piarco-Regional-Corporation-140461219465455

Chaguanas Borough Corporation: www.facebook.com/chaguanasboroughcoop

Arima Borough Council: www.facebook.com/Arima-Borough-Council-591166180951202

Mayaro/Rio Claro Regional Corporation: www.facebook.com/MayaroRioClaro

San Fernando City Corporation: www.facebook.com/sancitycorp

Siparia Regional Corporation: www.facebook.com/sipariaregionalcorporation

Sangre Grande Regional Corporation: www.facebook.com/sgrctnt

San Juan/Laventille Regional Corporation: www.facebook.com/sanjuanlaventille

Port of Spain City Corporation: www.facebook.com/POSCorporation

Diego Martin Regional Corporation: www.facebook.com/DMRCTT

Couva/Tabaquite/Talparo Corporation:  www.facebook.com/CouvaTabaquiteTalparoRegionalCorporation

Point Fortin Borough Corporation: www.facebook.com/pointfortinborough