Sunday 29 November, 2020

WATCH: Family rescued in Penal after flooding

A mother and her five children were rescued from their marooned home in Penal thanks to the efforts of the Penal/Debe Regional Corporation and other non-governmental organisations.

Following the passage of tropical storm Bret, many homes throughout Trinidad and Tobago were either damaged or besieged by flood waters after some rivers burst their banks. 

Anthony Jaggernauth shared a video of a woman by the name of ‘Sasha’ along with her children as they stood in their home at Sunrees Road, Penal, which was completely surrounded by flood water.


Chan said that they had no idea where they would sleep that night, nor did the children have any food or clean water to drink.

Sasha said that she initially could not get through on local emergency lines, however, following coverage on social media, fellow Trinbagonians and members of the Penal/Debe Corporation rushed to their aid.

Jaggernauth’s video and photos were quickly shared online with citizens rallying to help them.

(Photo: A family home was locked off by flood waters at Sunrees Road, Penal)

Councillor for the Pena area, Shanty Boodram, along with members of the Trinidad and Tobago Defence Force (TTDF), Trinidad and Tobago Rover Search and Rescue, the Sons of the Pioneers Scout Group and the Adventurers Scout Group visited Sasha and her family and rescued them from the home.

(Photo: Penal councillor Shanty Boodram provided some aid, however she says many families are still in need of help)

They were relocated to a shelter temporarily and some supplies were given to them such as a mattress and other basic items.

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Boodram said, however, that a number of families in the Penal area have been badly affected still need aid, including fresh drinking water, food, basic hygiene products such as soap, and clothes for the children.

(Photo: Boodram, along with members of the TTDF)

(Photo: Boodram checks with residents in the area)

Groups or citizens who wish to supply items and any other aid or assistance can contact Boodram on 741-0757.

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