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Situation Update - Various parts of Port of Spain, El Socorro, Maraval affected by floods

The heavy rainfall that occurred at midday today, caused flooding in a number of areas in the North of Trinidad. These include (but are not limited to):-

Maraval

  • Boissiere Village
  • Saddle Road
  • La Seiva Road (landslide)

Port of Spain (Flooding)

  • Parts of Sea Lots
  • Nelson Street
  • Duncan Street
  • Piccadilly Street
  • Besson Street
  • South Quay East / Abattoir Road
  • Independence Square
  • Parts of Ariapita Avenue
  • St. Ann’s
  • Fitz Blackman Drive; Hamilton Holder Street; Dennis Mahabir Street, Woodbrook
  • Upper Belmont Valley Road, Belmont; Serreau Road, Belmont (landslides)

El Socorro

  • Mohammed Trace

Status
The ODPM, as the lead coordinator of emergencies and crises, has coordinated the response of the first responder agencies (TT Fire Service, TT Defence Force and the municipal corporations) so that immediate assistance was dispatched rendered to areas that experienced heavy downpour and inundation. o The SAUTT provided the ODPM with an aerial reconnaissance of the affected areas.

  • The SAUTT provided the ODPM with an aerial reconnaissance of the affected areas.
  • The Trinidad and Tobago Fire Service has assisted with the rescue of students trapped on school premises in Port of Spain.
  • The Trinidad and Tobago Police Service has been on site in the affected areas assisting with traffic control. This is to ensure that traffic flows smoothly without major delays.
  • The Trinidad and Tobago Defence Force Engineering Battalion is assisting with slush/debris and water removal in the area of Abattoir Road.
  • The Ministry of Works and Transport is assisting with debris removal in the areas affected by landslides (Belmont and Maraval)
  • The POS City Corporation and the San Juan/Laventille City Corporation have been on site to conduct an initial damage assessment of the affected areas.
  • The ODPM provided food items to the Princess Elizabeth Home as their kitchen was flooded out.
  • The PTSC has a fleet of buses at Morvant Junction waiting to transport persons to their various destinations. Given the high water levels at City Gate, the TT Defence Force will be transporting persons from City Gate to the pickup point at Morvant Junction.
  • Crews from the CEPEP are waiting for waters to fully recede so that they can assist with clean up efforts.

We continue to underscore the following:-

  • After heavy rainfall, stay inside until water levels have subsided and it is safe to venture outside.
  • Do not walk / drive through flood waters.
  • Be cautious when walking /driving along hillsides or landslide prone areas.

Public Information Specialist
Public Information, Education and Community Outreach Unit
868 640 1285 ext 14240/ publicinformation@odpm.gov.tt

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