Minister of Rural Development and Local Government Faris Al-Rawi noted that T&T is experiencing significant rainfall which started on Thursday. According to the TT Met Services, a low level trough will pass over T&T and the Windwards over this weekend bringing showers and some heavy showers that will go into Monday. Minister Al-Rawi said this is why Government is warning citizens to expect significant flooding over the coming days.
Among reports received as at the 11:30AM Media Conference:
– Flash flooding in POS.
– 10 flooded areas in Couva/Tabaquite/Talparo Regional Corporation.
– Landslip in Maraval.
– Landslip along Manzanilla Road.
– Flooding in Biche.
– 6 landslips along Lady Young Road.
– Landslip on Lady Hailes Avenue, San Fernando.
– Landslip at Maracas Royal Road.
Minister Al-Rawi urged citizens to prepare for flooding. He said the 14 Regional Corporations’ Disaster Management Units are in full gear, and sandbags and other assistance are available for persons who can call the DMUs in their area.
Minister Al-Rawi stated that Prime Minister Rowley is taking careful note of the weather system and is in active communication with the full team.
Meanwhile, Minister of Works and Transport Rohan Sinanan says the current weather event “could be one of worst flooding we have experienced for quite a while” and urged people to avoid venturing out if possible. Buses and Water Taxis will continue to work at this time.
Minister Sinanan said the river levels are rising and there are areas which could be breached. He said his Ministry has mobilised equipment to clear blockages as much as they possibly can.
The Manzanilla Road is CLOSED on both ends. Do not go to the area.
National Security Minister Fitzgerald Hinds confirmed that all of the Divisions of National Security are in a state of readiness, and the ODPM continues to monitor the situation, providing additional resources where needed.
The TTPS is also monitoring and coordinating with the ODPM. TT Fire Service, TTCG, and TTDF are all on standby to support.