Sunday 5 April, 2020

Disaster Management Units on high alert, says Ministry

Photo via the Ministry of Rural Development and Local Government.

Photo via the Ministry of Rural Development and Local Government.

The Ministry of Rural Development and Local Government said its Disaster Management Units are on high alert after reports of several homes in South Trinidad being inundated by flood waters. 

According to reports received Wednesday afternoon, several rivers including the Guapo River, South Oropouche River and Moruga River had breached their banks, while the Cipero and Guaracara Rivers remained close to threshold limits. 

Minister Kazim Hosein said the Municipal Emergency Operations Centre of the Ministry was partially activated following reports of flooding across the country. 

Hosein urged citizens to be cautious when traversing areas where the impact of inclement weather, such as flooding and fallen trees, have been confirmed.

“We have received several reports of areas where water levels are very high and the DMUs are on site lending assistance where they can. I encourage members of the public to contact their respective Disaster Management Unit through the 24hr Hotline Numbers in the case of flooding or any other problems in their area.”

(Video: Facebook user Dianne James shows flooding in Penal near Sunrees Road.)

Citizens are also advised to keep abreast of warnings and updates from the Trinidad and Tobago Meteorological Service (MET Office), Office of Disaster Preparedness and Management (ODPM) and other reputable sources for timely and accurate information.

The Trinidad and Tobago Meteorological Service (MET Office) has issued a Riverine Flood Alert #1 - Yellow level for surrounding areas of smaller rivers and tributaries, particularly in southern Trinidad.

Reports received by DMUs indicated that the following areas experienced street and flash flooding on Wednesday:

PENAL/DEBE

1)            Satnarine Trace, Clarke Road

2)            Wilson Road, Penal

3)            Bunsee Trace

4)            Clarke Road, Penal

5)            Penal Rock Road

6)            Batchiya Trace

7)            Debe Trace

8)            Rochard Road

9)            Wellington Road

10)          New Colonial Road, Barrackpore

11)          S.S Erin Road in the vicinity of Batchiya Trace Cemetery

12)          San Francique   

13)          Lachoos Road, Penal

SIPARIA

1)            Quarry Village, Siparia

2)            Mendez Village, Siparia

SAN FERNANDO

1)            In the vicinity of Pleasantville

PRINCES TOWN

1)            Oropouche River Trace, Jones Village

2)            Oropouche South Trace, Barrackpore

3)            Figari Trace Basse Terre, Moruga

4)            Second Branch, Buen Intento

5)            Western Trace, St Mary’s Road

6)            Realise Road, Barrackpore

"Parts of Port of Spain, Mayaro, Diego Martin and Point Fortin have also been affected by today’s severe rainfall. As a result, all municipal corporations stand ready to assist their burgesses. Heads of Departments, Chief Executive Officers and Council members are in the field and are conducting assessments and providing relief assistance," the Ministry said. 

Additionally, the Ministry said Disaster Management Units have begun distributing sandbags and providing first response assistance to all affected citizens.

The Ministry said Disaster Management officials are responding to reports of blown-off roofs and assisting to clear fallen trees in an effort to ensure that all routes remain accessible to the public.

The Ministry added that shelter managers have been alerted and shelters will be activated as the need arises. Over six hundred (600) Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) volunteers, who have been trained by the Ministry since the beginning of 2019, are on standby to assist their communities.

 

DISASTER MANAGEMENT UNIT – HOTLINE NUMBERS

Arima Borough Corporation 800-2ABC (2222)

Chaguanas Borough Corporation 800- DCBC (3222)

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

Diego Martin Regional Corporation 800 - DMRC (3672)

Penal/Debe Regional Corporation 800 - PDRC (7372)

Point Fortin Regional Corporation 800 - PFBC (7322)

Princes Town Regional Corporation 800 - PTRC (7872)

Port of Spain City Corporation 800- PSCC (7722)

San Fernando City Corporation 800 - SCDU (7238)

Sangre Grande Regional Corporation 800 - SGRC (7472)

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

Siparia Regional Corporation 800 - 4SRC (4772)

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

Tunapuna/Piarco Regional Corporation 800 - TPRC (8772)

Tobago Emergency Management Agency     - 211

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