Friday 16 November, 2018

Watch: Divali dampened by flash flooding

Photo via Facebook.

Photo via Facebook.

Divali celebrations on Tuesday were again marred by heavy showers and flash flooding across parts of north Trinidad. 

Viral videos showed a car which had been caught in flood waters along the Eastern Main Road in St Augustine. Heavy flooding was also reported near Pasea Road in Tunapuna.

 

The Office of Disaster Preparedness and Management (ODPM) warned the public to stay away from the Eastern Main Road along Tunapuna and St Augustine as the roadway was impassable up until midday Tuesday.

"Citizens are kindly advised to proceed with caution on the nation’s roadways, as heavy rainfall has been reported across the country."

Flooding was reported in Tunapuna along the Macoya Main Road and Eastern Main Road, in St Augustine along the Eastern Main Road, on the Uriah Butler Highway, near Pasea, Aranguez, and in parts of Santa Cruz.

Thundershowers were also reported in Diego Martin and Carenage. 

The ODPM said in an update at 12:40 pm however, that flood waters were beginning to recede along the EMR as rains abated somewhat.

 

Thousands of families are still reeling from the devastation of flooding which destroyed homes across Trinidad from October 18-22, 2018.

Government estimates indicate that around 120,000 people were affected, with possible damages in the hundreds of millions. 

More as this story is updated.

 

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