Ministry of Works on alert for any flood risks ahead of TS Gonzalo
Minister of Works and Transport, Rohan Sinanan, said his Ministry has equipment on standby and is on the alert for any emergencies due to the passage of Tropical Storm Gonzalo.
The tropical storm maintained a track due west toward the Lesser Antilles, however, the Trinidad and Tobago Meteorological Service said the centre of the system was due to pass just north of Trinidad and Tobago.
Sinanan told Loop News that the Ministry’s teams are on the alert and their equipment is ready if needed.
‘All of our units are on full alert, we have equipment at all points in Trinidad and a lot of jobs ongoing. We have the equipment and the we are quite prepared for any disaster that may occur.'
Sinanan added that many waterways were dredged and cleared over the dry season and it is hoped that this preparatory work would help to alleviate the risk of any flash flooding.
He added that all of the pumps at Bamboo Nos 1, 2 and 3 are operational and ready for action, should heavy rainfall occur.
‘All of the pumps in the Bamboo are working, we did do a lot of cleaning over the last couple of months so we are as prepared as we can be for any eventuality.’
Heavy rainfall during the rainy season in 2017 and 2018 led to flash and riverine flooding across Trinidad and Tobago, causing damage to many homes and businesses.
The public is advised to continue to monitor the Met Office for the latest updates and to prepare emergency supplies, secure belongings and have an evacuation plan ready in the event of any emergencies.
Here is a list of Disaster Management Unit hotlines:
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