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PUBLIC ADVISORY #4 - The ODPM Urges Persons across Trinidad and Tobago to Remain Vigilant In light of the Adverse Weather Alert and Riverine Flood Alert

PUBLIC ADVISORY #4

Thursday 15th November, 2018                                                       4:40 P.M.

The ODPM Urges Persons across Trinidad and Tobago to Remain Vigilant

In light of the Adverse Weather Alert and Riverine Flood Alert

 

The Office of Disaster Preparedness and Management (ODPM) wishes to advise all persons, especially those residing or traversing low-lying areas to be extra vigilant and to take the necessary actions to preserve life and property in light of the Trinidad and Tobago Meteorological Services (TTMS) Riverine Flood Alert and Adverse Weather Alert.

Persons should remain on alert for rising river levels and possible over-spill.

The ODPM wishes to advise persons to desist from intentionally driving or walking through flood waters. Vehicles do not provide adequate protection from flood waters. Vehicles can be swept away or may stall in flood waters.

The Trinidad and Tobago Meteorological Service (TTMS) Adverse Weather Alert #1 remains in effect until 8:00 pm today (Thursday 15th November, 2018). The TTMS also issued Riverine Flood Alert #1 – Orange Level for communities located along Trinidad’s main river courses and associated tributaries, for the period Thursday 15th November, 2018 at 10:30 a.m. to Friday 16th November, 2018 at 6:00 p.m.

As a result of the adverse weather across Trinidad and Tobago, the Office of Disaster Preparedness and Management (ODPM) has received reports of flooding and landslides.  The ODPM remains in contact with the Ministry of Rural Development and Local Government (MORDLG), the Ministry of Works and Transport (MOWT), and other support agencies to ensure immediate assistance can be rendered if called upon.

The Ministry of Rural Development and Local Government and the Ministry of Works and Transport have reported to ODPM the following incidents:

Penal/Debe Regional Corporation – There are reports of flooding in the following areas: Penal Rock Road; Clarke Road, Penal; Derrick Road, Debe; Lalbeharry Trace, Debe; Sumani Trace, Barrackpore; Seemungal Trace, Penal Rock Road;  Dookie Street, Penal; Ramsubar Trace, Roachard Road, Penal; Aquart Village, Penal; Clarke Road, Penal; Chester Street, Debe.

Point Fortin Borough Corporation - There are reports of flooding in the following areas: August Joseph Road, Guapo; Savannah Street, Guapo; Salick Trace, Guapo; Cemetery Road, Guapo; Techier Main Road; Techier Link Road; New Village.

Sangre Grande Regional Corporation – There are reports of flooding in the following areas: Foster Road; Fishing Pond; Toco Road, Vega De Oropouche; La Sieva Road, Sangre Grande (impassable to cars and low vehicles); 38 km Eastern Main Road, Sangre Grande (water is crossing roadway); 3.5-3.8km Guaico Tamana Road  (water estimated at 12 inches); 4.8 km Guaico Tamana (water on edge of roadway); 0.8-0.9km Little Cora Road (water on roadway estimated at 12 inches); 2.5km Bon Air Road (water on roadway estimated at 12 inches); 2nd Caigual Road 6km  (water on roadway estimated at 6-7 inches); 1st Caigual Road 5km (water on roadway estimated at 12inches deep).

 

There are reports of fallen trees and landslides in the following areas:

  • Fallen trees between 25.5- 26km Toco Road – Trees cleared by MOWT
  • Landslip at 10.3 km Cunapo Southern Road – Single lane traffic
  • Landslip at 10.7 km Cunapo Southern Road – single lane traffic

 

San Juan/Laventille Regional Corporation – There are reports of fallen trees at Febeau Village; Laventille Road, San Juan. There are reports of minor landslides along the North Coast Road in the vicinity of the spring and Ramkisson Trace, Santa Cruz. The MOWT has been mobilised to clear the debris.

Siparia Regional Corporation – There are reports of street flooding in Cedros; San Francique and Siparia proper.

Mayaro/ Rio Claro Regional Corporation – There are reports of street flooding in the following areas:

  • Carapo Southern Road in Navet. However, the roadway is passable.
  • Mayaro/Guayaguayare Road at Cham Road.
  •  Bel Air Road, La Brea Village.

Tunapuna/ Piarco Regional Corporation - The Manuel Congo River has crested by the Bailey bridge. The Housing Development Corporation (HDC) has been monitoring the water levels in the water courses which border all its housing communities, with a particular focus on Greenvale Park and Oropune Gardens which were recently impacted by flooding. Water pumps for both communities have been activated and flood bags have been distributed to residents who require them. The Public Transport Service Corporation (PTSC) has been placed on alert in the event that a decision is taken to evacuate residents, with emphasis on persons with disabilities and the elderly.  Additionally, the La Horquetta Regional Complex has been placed on standby as an emergency shelter in the event of flooding in the area.

Couva/Tabaquite/Talparo Regional Corporation - There were reports of rising water levels in Las Lomas. There is one report of a landslide in Tortuga. The Regional Corporation’s technical team is working alongside officials from the MOWT to address the matter.

San Fernando City Corporation – There are reports of high river levels at the Cipero and Marabella Rivers. However, there are no reports of flooding at this time.

The ODPM will continue to keep the public updated as first responders and support agencies provide further information.

The Office of Disaster Preparedness and Management (ODPM) would like residents and visitors to ‘Get Ready and Stay Ready’ by implementing the following safety measures:

 

  1. Place sandbags around your property, especially if your area or property has a history of flooding;
  2. Cover internal drainage holes with sandbags, e.g. toilet, shower, bath and floor drains to stop backflow of flood waters;
  3. Move valuables to higher ground if possible;
  4. Lifting curtains, rugs and bedding, and removing items from low cupboards may be necessary, especially if your area or property has a history of flooding;
  5. Keep a list of emergency telephone numbers on display on your refrigerator or anywhere easily accessible to everyone in your household;
  6. Monitor weather conditions before leaving the house;
  7. After heavy rainfall, stay inside until water levels have subsided;
  8. Do not walk, play or drive through flood waters of unknown depth and current;
  9. Be cautious when walking /driving along hillsides or landslide-prone areas;
  10. If impacted by the adverse weather, please contact your Municipal Corporation or the Tobago Emergency Management Agency (TEMA) through its toll-free hotline numbers.

 

If impacted by the adverse weather, please contact your Municipal Corporation or the Tobago Emergency Management Agency (TEMA) through its toll-free hotline numbers.

 

WE WISH TO UNDERSCORE THAT TRINIDAD AND TOBAGO IS NOT CURRENTLY UNDER ANY TROPICAL STORM OR HURRICANE THREAT, WATCH OR WARNING.

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 The Municipal Corporations’ Disaster Management Unit and the Tobago Emergency Management Agency (TEMA) Hotline numbers are as follows:

 

 

Name of Corporation/Agency

Hotline Numbers

Arima Borough Corporation

800-2ABC (2222)

Chaguanas Borough Corporation

800-DCBC (3222)

Couva/Tabaquite/Talparo Regional Corporation

800-CTTC (2882)

Diego Martin Regional Corporation

800-DMRC (3672)

Mayaro/Rio Claro Regional Corporation

800-4MRC (4672)

 Penal/Debe Regional Corporation

800-PDRC (7372)

Point Fortin Borough Corporation

800-PFCB (7322)

Port-of-Spain City Corporation

800-PSCC (7722)

Princes Town Regional Corporation

800-PTRC (7872)

 San Fernando City Corporation

800-SCDU (7238)

Sangre Grande Regional Corporation

800-SGRC (7472)

San Juan/Laventille Regional Corporation

800-SLRC (7572)

Siparia Regional Corporation

800-4SRC (4772)

Tunapuna/Piarco Regional Corporation

800-TPRC (8772)

Tobago Emergency Management Agency

211

 

ENDS

Issued by:

Public Information, Education and Community Outreach Unit

For further information, please call:

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

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