Wednesday 21 August, 2019

Watch: Roofs blown off, flooding reported as ITCZ brings rains

Flash flooding was reported at Fairview Park, Freeport. Photo via the Office of Disaster Preparedness and Management (ODPM).

Flash flooding was reported at Fairview Park, Freeport. Photo via the Office of Disaster Preparedness and Management (ODPM).

Assessments are currently being carried out by Disaster Management Units at several Regional Corporations following reports of roofs blown off and communities impacted by flooding as a result of adverse weather conditions affecting Trinidad and Tobago.

Inclement weather was experienced across the country, which the T&T Meteorological Service (Met Office) has attributed to an active Inter Tropical Convergence Zone (ITCZ).

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The Office of Disaster Preparedness and Management (ODPM) confirmed reports of flooding in Coalmine and LP 74A Plum Mitan Road, Plum Road, Manzanilla coming from the Sangre Grande Regional Corporation's Disaster Management Unit (SGRC DMU).

Reports of roofs blown off were received by the Princes Town Regional Corporation’s DMU.

Two roofs were blown off at Realize Road, Princes Town, while a leaking roof was reported at Moreau Road, Marac Village, Moruga.

Two reports of fallen trees were received at Lothians Branch Road, Princes Town and La Lune Village, Moruga.

Land slippage was also reported in Moruga.

The Princes Town DMU has also received reports of streams and rivers overflowing their banks at Realize Road, Garth Road, Reform Village, Barrackpore, and Ste Madeline.

 

Footage from Sahadath Road, Princes Town earlier today, courtesy of the T&T Met Office.

Over in the Couva/Tabaquite/Talparo Regional Corporation, there were confirmed reports of flooding Fairview Park, Freeport; Gannesingh Street, Balmain; Lackhan Drive, Calcutta #1; Mamoral #2; Sharp Road and Carr Trace.

Those affected by flooding are advised to proceed with caution or wait until the flood water subsides. Motorists are advised to use alternative routes, if possible.

The ODPM issued further instructions:

1. Avoid intentionally driving or walking through flood waters.

2. Do not allow your children to play in flood waters.

3. Do not attempt to wade through flood waters or congregate in same.

4. Clean-up safely with personal protective equipment (PPE).

The Met Office has cancelled its adverse weather warning for today.

The public is still advised to monitor the weather forecasts and updates from the T&T Met Office and the ODPM as the ITCZ is expected to linger over the next few days.

Residents affected by flooding due to heavy rainfall are asked to contact their respective DMU hotlines.

Disaster Management Unit Hotline Numbers:

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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