Wednesday 28 October, 2020

Watch: Heavy showers lead to flash flooding in West Trinidad

Photo via the Ministry of Rural Development and Local Government.

Photo via the Ministry of Rural Development and Local Government.

Heavy afternoon showers has led to flash flooding in northwest Trinidad and heavy traffic.

The Ministry of Rural Development and Local Government shared photos and videos showing flash flooding along the Diego Martin Highway, near Powder Magazine, following intense showers this afternoon. 

 

The flooding caused a traffic buildup as cars were blocked by floodwaters.

'As a result of the recent torrential rainfall, we are kindly advising members of the public to exercise caution when traversing areas such as St James, Carenage, Cocorite, Mucurapo and communities in Western Trinidad.'

'The waters are receding quickly however we are kindly asking citizens to be cautious and use alternative routes if possible.'

'Our Disaster Management Units have received reports of street and flash flooding and remain on standby to assist if necessary.'

'No reports of impact to homes have been reported at this time.'

The ministry warned the public not to venture into flooded areas and to monitor the Trinidad and Tobago Meteorological Service for the latest updates.

Power outages were also reported in parts of the west, including Petit Valley.

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