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ODPM gives status update on affected areas due to inclement weather conditions

PUBLIC ADVISORY

Sunday 01st July, 2018

ODPM gives status update on affected areas due to inclement weather conditions

 

As a result of continuous heavy rainfall, numerous areas across Trinidad experienced street and flash flooding. Reports to the Office of Disaster Preparedness and Management (ODPM) indicate that flood waters have subsided in most areas.

 

The Office of Disaster Preparedness and Management (ODPM), as the lead coordinator of Disaster Risk Management, remains in contact with the Ministry of Rural Development and Local Government and other first responder and support agencies to ensure immediate assistance can be rendered if called upon due to inclement weather conditions.

 

The Senior Disaster Management Coordinator (SDMC) has indicated that the Ministry of Rural Development and Local Government is in full control of the current situation. Thus, the ODPM will continue to monitor reports closely and stands ready to support incident response should it be required. The impacted Municipal Corporations have activated to coordinate response and relief efforts to affected communities, residents and businesses.

 

The Trinidad and Tobago Meteorological Service (TTMS) forecast for the period tonight and tomorrow indicate that Trinidad and Tobago will be partly cloudy to cloudy with intermittent light to moderate showers. There is the medium chance of a few heavy and thundery showers, accompanied by gusty winds, street and flash flooding mainly affecting Trinidad and Tobago overnight into the early morning and during the day tomorrow.

Reports to the ODPM indicate that the following areas were impacted by the inclement weather:

 

Port-of-Spain City Corporation – There were numerous reports of streets and flash flooding in the capital city of Port of Spain, including Wrightson Road, Ariapita Avenue, Damian Street and Downtown Port of Spain. This resulted in numerous traffic delays in and out of Port of Spain. The City Corporation will continue clean-up efforts to ensure minimal disruption of traffic.

Diego Martin Regional Corporation - The Diego Martin River crested and was on the verge of overflowing its bank. However, reports indicate that the river has subsided.  Residents should take precautionary measures to protect life and property.  Motorists are advised to proceed with extreme caution in the vicinity of the Diego Martin River.

There were also reports of flash flooding in the Cocorite area. Reports indicate that flood waters has also subsided.

Couva/Tabaquite/Talparo Regional Corporation - There were reports of flash flooding on the Solomon Hochoy Highway.  However, the Couva/Tabaquite/Talparo Regional Corporation has reported that traffic is flowing freely on Solomon Hochoy Highway and water has subsided in all areas.

There were reports of street flooding in the following areas:

  •  Calcutta#1
  • Ragoonanan Road West, Chandernagore
  • Cedar Hill Road
  • Sum Sum Hill Trace
  • Lower Soledad and Laloo Trace in the Clayton bay district.

 

There was a report of house flooding in the Mc Bean, Couva.

 

Reports indicate that flood waters has subsided in most areas.

 

As the inclement weather ensues citizens are asked to ensure they take the following steps:

  1. After heavy rainfall, stay inside until water levels have subsided and it is safe to venture outside;
  2. Contact the Disaster Management Unit (DMU) of your respective Municipal Corporation if impacted and in need of assistance (see attached). The DMU is responsible for responding to any hazard impact such as flooding, landslip, fallen tree etc. which requires further assistance by the Corporation.  The hotline numbers are also Toll free and available 24/7;
  3. If stranded and need assistance with evacuation contact 990, 999 or 511;
  4. Pay attention to regular updates on television, radio and social media for any changes in the weather conditions and updates;
  5. Be cautious when walking/driving along hillsides or landslide-prone areas;
  6. Do not walk or drive through flood waters of unknown depth and current;
  7. Practice Electrical safety - In the event of flooding, turn off electrical power to your home or business;
  8. Do not allow your children to play in flood waters. Flood waters may contain sharp objects, such as glass or metal fragments, that can cause injury and lead to infection;
  9. Avoid entering floodwaters, if you must do so, wear solid shoes and check depth and current with a stick;
  10. Stay away from drains, culverts and flood waters. Swiftly moving shallow water can be deadly, and even shallow standing water can be dangerous for small children;
  11. Practice good hygiene (hand washing) after contact with flood waters;
  12. Drink clean or preferably boiled water.

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ENDS

Issued by:

Public Information, Education and Community Outreach Unit

publicinfo.odpm@gmail.com

For further information, please Call:

ODPM’s Customer Call Centre 511/ TEMA’s Hotline 211

 

 

ATTACHMENT -

 

 Regional Corporation (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-PFCB (7322)

 San Fernando City Corporation

 800-SCDU (7238)

 Penal/Debe Regional Corporation

 800-PDRC (7372)

 Siparia Regional Corporation

 800-4SRC (4772)

 

 

 

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