Tuesday 19 March, 2019

ODPM continues to monitor flooding, landslides

The Office of Disaster Preparedness and Management (ODPM) has issued another update on the recent flooding and landslips throughout the country. 

In an update shared to social media and the agency's app on Tuesday, the ODPM said although weather conditions appear to be stabilising, citizens are asked to still exercise caution as flood waters subside. 

 

Rough seas alert discontinued

A rough seas warning issued by the Trinidad and Tobago Meteorological Service has since been discontinued, however the Met Office added that spring tides are also in effect and sea conditions will continue to be disturbed. 

Small craft operators, sea bathers and other marine interests are advised to exercise extra caution in any sea-related activities. 

 

North Coast Road still being repaired

The ODPM said the North Coast Road is still closed to the public after additional landslides occurred on Tuesday morning, although the road will be accessible to residents in the area. 

The Chief Engineer of the San Juan/Laventille Corporation confirmed that four excavators were on site, working to clear away the rubble. 

 

The ODPM said the Ministry of Rural Development and Local Government said it will provide further updates on passable and impassable roads after assessment teams have conducted their investigations. 

 

Flooding in Mayaro slow to subside

Within the Cedar Grove area in Mayaro, the ODPM said at 11:00 am Tuesday that flood waters continued to hamper access to the area, however the waters were slowly clearing up. 

Meanwhile, the Ministry of Works and Transport said on Tuesdaythat another landslide occurred along the Blanchisseuse Road  at the 21- to 22-mile mark near the Spring Bridge.

The Ministry said it has deployed a team to attend to the area.

The ODPM is urging citizens to stay away from flood waters and be cautious when driving or walking near hillsides or landslide-prone areas. 

Citizens are also urged to pay attention to regular updates for changes in weather conditions and to contact their relevant Disaster Management Unit if they are affected. 

The agency said the Ministry of Rural Development and Local Government continues to activate its mechanism, the National Emergency Operation Centre (NEOC) which is at Level One to render support if necessary. 

The ODPM said all Emergency Support Functions of the NEOC remain on stand-by. 

The ODPM said as lead coordinator of disaster management, it remains in first contact with all first responder agencies including Municipal Corporations, the Trinidad and Tobago Fire Service, Trinidad and Tobago Police Service, the NEOC and other emergency responders. 

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