Thursday 9 July, 2020

Heavy rains bring flash flooding in Port of Spain

Scores of motorists and pedestrians were left stranded after heavy flooding was reported along South Quay, Port of Spain on Wednesday afternoon.

Flooding has also been reported on Charlotte Street and Tragarete Road.

The Office of Disaster Preparedness and Management (ODPM) is advising motorists to proceed with caution or use alternative routes.

“The ODPM wishes to advise the public of flood waters in Downtown Port of Spain (South Quay, Charlotte Street) and Tragarete Road, Port of Spain. Motorists are advised to proceed with caution or use alternative routes. Avoid intentionally driving or walking through flood waters,” the ODPM advised in a Facebook post.

In a subsequent post, the ODPM added that there is also street flooding on Edward Street, St Vincent Street and Wrightson Road.

It indicated that officers from the Port of Spain Disaster Management Unit are on the field.

The Met Office, in an update at midday indicated that showers are currently scattered mainly over Trinidad and is due to a combination of local effects and a low-level trough.

It added that instability will be increasing through the day and is likely to produce isolated thunderstorms, especially over the Western half of Trinidad.

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