Saturday 7 December, 2019

Part of PBR temporarily opened as highway floods

Citizens across Trinidad and Tobago have endured heavy rains over the past week and East of the country was not spared.

As such, the Ministry of Works and Transport has sanctioned the opening of the Priority Bus Route (PBR) between Mausica and O’meara until 9pm. 

The Ministry said this was as a result of gridlock traffic due to flooding on the Churchill Roosevelt Highway.

Loop TT has also been informed that parts of Arima and environs were also impacted.

Motorists are therefore advised to proceed with caution and avoid those areas where possible.

Post-flooding tips from Ministry of Rural Development and Local Government

After Flooding Occurs:

- Avoid driving through flooded areas and standing water. As little as six inches of water can cause you to lose control of your vehicle.Do not drink flood water, or use it to wash dishes, brush teeth, or wash/prepare food. Drink clean, safe water.If you evacuated: return to your home only after local authorities have said it is safe to do so.Listen to water advisory from local authorities to find out if your water is safe for drinking and bathing.

- During a water advisory, use only bottled, boiled, or treated water for drinking, cooking, etc.When in doubt, throw it out! Throw away any food and bottled water that comes/may have come into contact with floodwater.

- Prevent carbon monoxide (CO) poisoning. Use generators at least 20 feet from any doors, windows, or vents. If you use a pressure washer, be sure to keep the engine outdoors and 20 feet from windows, doors, or vents as well.

- The initial damage caused by a flood is not the only risk. Standing floodwater can also spread infectious diseases, bring chemical hazards, and cause injuries.



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