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Watch: Flooding, landslips after overnight showers

Photo: Heavy rains overnight led to flooding in some parts of North, Central and South Trinidad, along with landslips on the Lady Young Road, on November 15, 2018.

Photo: Heavy rains overnight led to flooding in some parts of North, Central and South Trinidad, along with landslips on the Lady Young Road, on November 15, 2018.

Update November 15, 2018, 1:30 pm:

Emergency responders have reported that several rivers have breached their banks and others, such as the Caroni river, are close to reaching their thresholds after heavy showers on Wednesday and Thursday. 

An Orange Alert for riverine flooding was issued by the Trinidad and Tobago Meteorological Service and citizens have been advised to stay away from flood-prone areas and roadways if possible. 


Overnight rains led to some rivers bursting their banks as well as flooding in parts of North, Central and South Trinidad on Thursday.

Reports of flooding were received in Vega de Oropouche, Sangre Grande, and Foster Road River which burst its banks. 

The Marabella River was also nearing its threshold according to midday updates from the Ministry of Rural Development and Local Government, while the Cipero River was also swollen. 

According to an update from the Office of Disaster Preparedness and Management, the Arima river at Manuel Congo burst its banks, flooding a bridge crossing. The ODPM also received reports of landslides leaving residents in Aripo marooned. 

Landslips were reported along the Lady Young Road, Tortuga and Batchiya Branch Trace #1. 

The Ministry of Works and Transport activated the pumps at Bamboo #2 Extension, in order to maintain water levels. 


According to an ODPM update at 11:00 am Thursday, affected areas are as follows:

Mayaro/Rio Claro Regional Corporation:
Occurrences of street/flash flooding at Cunapo Southern Main Road, Navet Village (near Sakeer trace); Cham Road, Belair Road, and Guaguayare road, La Brea Village.

Siparia Regional Corporation
Reports of flooding in San Francique and parts of Cedros. Steady light rain throughout Siparia. Assessments are currently being conducted by the DMU officers.

Tunapuna Piarco Regional Corporation: 
Reports of flash flooding in Trincity and Piarco intersection. High water levels in the Arima River in Manuel Congo and landslides in Aripo where it was also reported that people are marooned. A backhoe and truck have been dispatched and officers are presently on the field monitoring reports.

Point Fortin Borough Corporation: 
Reports of streets flooding in Gonzales Village, Guapo and Egypt Village have been confirmed. Presently, officers are out on the field monitoring the situation.

Princes Town Regional Corporation: 
Reports of street flooding confirmed on Rochard Douglas Rd, Barrackpore.

Penal/Debe Regional Corporation: 
Street flooding along Penal Rock Road in the vicinity of Debedial Road.

The Ministry said field officers were on location carrying out investigations.


The Ministry of Works issued an update at 1:45 pm on the status of road conditions as follows:

Due to the inclement weather experienced on Thursday 15th, 2018, as at 1:00 p.m. the following reports were received:


- Flooding 2nd Caigual Road 6km– Water on roadway 6-7 inches of water

- Flooding 1st Caigual Road 5km -Water on roadway 12inches deep

Sangre Grande

- Slight Flooding at Eastern Main Road, Sangre Grande 38km – Water crossing roadway

- Flooding at Toco Road, Vega De Oropouche – Water on roadway, 5-6inches deep

Guaico Tamana

- Flooding at 3.5-3.8km Guaico Tamana Road- Water 12 inches

- Flooding at 4.8 km Guaico Tamana– Water on edge of roadway

- Flooding at Little Cora Road 0.8-0.9km – Water on roadway 12 inches deep

- Bon Air Road 2.5km – Water crossing road 12 inches

- Landslip at 10.3 km Cunapo Southern Road – Single lane traffic

- Landslip at 10.7 km Cunapo Southern Road – single lane traffic


- Fallen trees between 25.5- 26km Toco Road – Trees cleared by MOWT

An Adverse Weather Alert (Yellow Level) was issued from Wednesday at 10:00 am until Thursday at 8:00 pm, and citizens are also advised of rough seas until Saturday.

Citizens are advised to monitor weather updates before heading out for their safety. 

Citizens are urged to contact their Disaster Management Hotlines if they are in need of assistance:


Diego Martin Regional Corporation: 800-DMRC (3672)

San Juan/Laventille Regional Corporation: 800-SLRC (7572)

Arima Borough Corporation: 800-2ABC (2222)

Tunapuna/Piarco Regional Corporation: 800-TPRC (8272)

Port-of-Spain City Corporation: 800-PSCC (7722)

Sangre Grande Regional Corporation: 800-SGRC (7472)

Chaguanas Borough Corporation: 800-DCBC (3222)

Couva/Tabaquite/Talparo Regional Corporation: 800-CTTC (2882)

Mayaro/Rio Claro Regional Corporation: 800-4MRC (4672)

Princes Town Regional Corporation: 800-PTRC (7872)

Point Fortin Borough Corporation: 800-PFBC (7322)

San Fernando City Corporation: 800-SCDU (7238)

Penal/Debe Regional Corporation: 800-PDRC (7372)

Siparia Regional Corporation: 800-4SRC (4772)

ODPM: 511

TEMA (Tobago Emergency Management Agency): 211

Coast Guard: 634-4440

Fire: 990

Ambulance: 811

Police: 999, 555

Ambulance: 811


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