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Update: 15 evacuated from homes as floodwaters rise in South

Update December 12, 1.59 pm:

Traumatised residents in South Trinidad are bracing for more flooding after a Riverine Flooding - Orange Alert was issued. 

The Trinidad and Tobago Meteorological Service said the Caroni River was at capacity levels and had overflowed its banks and low-lying areas. 

"Isolated light to moderate showers are expected this afternoon with a low (30%) chance of heavy showers or thunderstorms. Run-off from rainfall over the last 24 hours continues to reach some of the smaller watercourses and as a result, impacted areas remain inundated as flood waters are still slowly on the rise in southern Trinidad.

"Spring tides are also in effect, which can exacerbate conditions at high tide. The Caroni River is currently at maximum capacity and has overflowed onto its banks and low lying surrounding areas," the Met Office said. 

15 families have been evacuated from their homes after flooding inundated parts of Penal, Debe and Barrackpore on Wednesday. 

Citizens are urged to stay away from floodwaters and contact their local Disaster Management Units for help.

More as this story is updated.

 

Update December 12, 2019, 7.15 am:

Officials have evacuated 15 families as floodwaters continued to rise, rendering parts of Trinidad impassable.

The Ministry of Rural Development and Local Government said in an update Thursday morning that so far, 15 families have been evacuated from their homes. An emergency meeting took place on Thursday morning involving all emergency responders including the Trinidad and Tobago Defence Force, Trinidad and Tobago Fire Service, the Disaster Management Units and the Ministry, to action relief efforts.

"At this time, 15 families have been evacuated. Shelters are open however some roads remain impassable. 

"Disaster Management officials are on the ground and continue to partner with the Trinidad and Tobago Defence Force to assist residents who are stranded. Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) volunteers, trained by the Ministry in emergency response, have also participated in relief efforts."

Drivers reported the Big Apple Bridge along the S.S. Erin Main Road to be blocked by floodwaters, while parts of Penal, Debe and Barrackpore were still said to be underwater.

The Trinidad and Tobago Meteorological Service issued another Yellow Alert for riverine flooding on Wednesday night for parts of Central Trinidad including Kelly Village, St Helena, Brazil, Las Lomas, San Raphael and environs.

(Video: Flooding in Guapo on Wednesday due to breached rivers. Video shared via the Ministry of Rural Development and Local Government.)

"Light to moderate rainfall is expected to continue intermittently over the next 12 to 18 hours. Landslides/landslips are possible in areas so prone. Smaller rivers and/or tributaries have already reached maximum capacity leading to flooding in those areas. Caroni river is nearing its maximum capacity and with runoffs from today's event together with the accumulation from the expected rainfall tonight, the Caroni river may overspill before dawn."

A representative from the Ministry of Rural Development and Local Government said in cases of immediate danger to residents, the Trinidad and Tobago Defence Force and the Fire Services would have been contacted to assist.

Citizens are urged to stay away from floodwaters and contact their local Disaster Management Units for help.

More as this story is updated.

 

Update December 11, 2019, 12.44 pm:

The Trinidad and Tobago Meteorological Service has issued a Riverine Flooding Alert - Yellow Level, after heavy rains on Wednesday morning led to reports of flooding in parts of central and south Trinidad. 

The Yellow Level alert was issued from Wednesday at 12.00 pm to Thursday at 2.00 pm.

According to reports received Wednesday afternoon, several rivers including the Guapo River, South Oropouche River and Moruga River had breached their banks, while the Cipero and Guaracara Rivers remained close to threshold limits. 

Video footage showed some roads inundated with floodwaters and rivers with high water levels.

Residents along Clarke Road, Penal and Rock Road, Penal, reportedly experienced flooding as well as residents in parts of Barrackpore.

The TTPS said flooding was reported in Siparia, Erin Road in the vicinity of Powergen, Siparia, Lowkie Trace and Batchiya Village, Penal. The TTPS said there is also severe flooding in the San Francique area and said roads there remain impassable as rainfall continues.

According to updates from the Princes Town Regional Corporation, flooding was reported in the following locations:

- Oropouche River, Jones Village
- Oropouche South Trace, Barrackpore
- Figari Trace, Basse Terre, Moruga
- Second Branch, Buen Intento

Reports were received that low-lying parts of the M1 Ring Road, Princes Town were underwater up to Wednesday morning.

The Met Office said some areas in South Trinidad are inundated with flooding due to 'localized ponding' which may be further exacerbated by high tide.

The Met Office said light to moderate rainfall is expected to continue intermittently over the next several hours, and landslides/landslips are possible in areas so prone.

"While the main river courses remain contained at this time, smaller rivers and/or tributaries can reach maximum capacity leading to flooding in surrounding areas," the Met Office said.

Citizens are urged to stay away from floodwaters and to contact their local Disaster Management Units for help if they are inundated with floodwaters. 

The public is advised to stay tuned to the Met Office via their social media channels for the latest updates. 

More on this story as information comes in, please refresh the page for updates. 

 

Original story:

Flooding has been reported across Trinidad, following heavy rainfall on Wednesday morning.

According to a post published to the Trinidad and Tobago Police Service mobile application just before 9 am today, flooding has been reported in Rock Road, Siparia, Erin Road in the vicinity of Powergen, Siparia, Lowkie Trace and Batchiya Village, Penal.

The TTPS said there is also severe flooding in the San Francique area and said roads there remain impassable as rainfall continues.

The post indicated that low-lying parts of the M1 Ring Road, Princes Town are currently underwater.

The TTPS said there have been no reports of flooding in the Port of Spain area and assured that there is a normal flow of traffic entering Port of Spain.

The Trinidad and Tobago Meteorological Service issued another Yellow Alert for riverine flooding on Wednesday night for parts of Central Trinidad including Kelly Village, St Helena, Brazil, Las Lomas, San Raphael and environs.

"Light to moderate rainfall is expected to continue intermittently over the next 12 to 18 hours. Landslides/landslips are possible in areas so prone. Smaller rivers and/or tributaries have already reached maximum capacity leading to flooding in those areas. Caroni river is nearing its maximum capacity and with runoffs from today's event together with the accumulation from the expected rainfall tonight, the Caroni river may over spill before dawn."

A representative from the Ministry of Rural Development and Local Government said in cases of immediate danger to residents, the Trinidad and Tobago Defence Force and the Fire Services would have been contacted to assist.

Citizens are urged to stay away from floodwaters and contact their local Disaster Management Units for help.

More as this story is updated.

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