Sunday 20 October, 2019

Flood victims to receive $15K, $20K relief cheques

Lump sum grant cheques of $15,000 and $20,000 will be distributed to citizens impacted by heavy rains and flooding last week.

Speaking at the Post Cabinet media briefing on Thursday, Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley said approximately 2,000 families were affected by the catastrophic flooding – where water would have entered homes - which occurred from October 19-23, 2018.

The Prime Minister revealed that Cabinet decided on flat payments of $15,000 for families with no children and $20,000 for families with children. The grants are above the usual sum given (up to $10,000) to replace appliances and household items.

Cheques are expected to be handed out as early as October 26, 2018, for those who have already been assessed.

While Greenvale residents will not be among the recipients of these grants, mortgage and rent payments will be deferred for these homeowners.

Rowley indicated that Government has asked the Trinidad and Tobago Mortgage Finance Company to defer payments for these persons until January to give them “a little more money to treat with their immediate needs”.

As the community is a Housing Development Corporation (HDC) project, crews with the Corporation will inspect and rectify electrical and plumbing problems as a result of the flooding.

"They will not qualify to make a separate application to the Ministry of Social Development for this type of assistance, as the HDC will do this work," the Prime Minister said.

Meanwhile, assessments are expected to be conducted to determine what could have led to the extent of the flooding seen last week, and the way forward.

“The Cabinet instructed the Ministry of Works and Transport, which is the Ministry with the Drainage Division to immediately conduct a hydrologic investigation of the areas, particularly in the south La Horquetta area that leads into Greenvale to determine why Greenvale was so heavily impacted and to determine what, if anything, can be done.”  

 

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