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PUBLIC ADVISORY #4-Saturday 30th December, 2017 – 7:00 pm

ODPM provides updates of incidents reported due to continued inclement weather conditions

The Office of Disaster Preparedness and Management (ODPM), as the lead coordinator of disaster management, remains in contact with all first responder agencies (the Municipal Corporations of the Ministry of Rural Development and Local Government (MORDLG), TT Fire Service, TT Defence Force, TT Police Service, Emergency Support Functions of the National Emergency Operation Centre (NEOC) and Strategic Services Agency–Fusion Centre) to ensure immediate assistance can be rendered if called upon due to continued inclement weather conditions.

The Trinidad and Tobago Meteorological Service (TTMS) has issued Flood Bulletin 4 updating the Riverine Flood Alert for Trinidad due to current rainfall activity, as well as forecast rainfall expected over the next 24 hours. As opposed to Street and Flash Flooding, Riverine Flood

TTMS states that information from the Water Resources Agency underlines water levels in some of the nation’s major rivers as well as their tributaries have exceeded bank-threshold levels. Reports to the TTMS indicate that some tributaries of the Caroni River, Cipero River and Oropuche River have over-spilled their banks in some areas. With rainfall accumulation still forecast to be in the range (40 – 50 mm), riverine flooding will continue, especially in low-lying areas. Citizens in general, and those residing along the Caroni River Basin in particular, are asked to be on the alert for further overspill. All necessary measures MUST be taken to preserve life and property.

The Ministry of Rural Development and Local Government (MORDLG) continues to activate all Municipal Corporations to assist with the following incidents (in no specific order):

STREET FLOODING:

Couva/ Tabaquite/ Talparo Regional Corporation (CTTRC):
• Ragoonanan East and West;
• Cedar Hill and Sum Sum Hill Roads;
• Freeport Mission Road and Paul Trace.

Penal/ Debe Regional Corporation (PDRC):
• Penal Rock Road
• New Colonial Road, Barrackpore,
• Rochard Douglas Road
Princes Town Regional Corporation (PTRC):
• M1 Tasker Road in the Buen Intento area. However, the water is navigable and vehicles are crossing slowly.
• Rooplal Avenue Corinth
• Scale Road, Kent Street
• Webb Street
• Garth Road Williamsville
• Cunjal Raod
• Oropouche Road
• Poui Trace Barrackpore
• Western Trace St. Mary's Village
• La Ruffin Moruga
• Rochard Douglas Road
• Kanhai Road
• Gilbert Trace
• Ramlal Trace
• Mattabar Road
• Ackwah Road
• Jaipaulsingh Road

Siparia Regional Corporation (SRC):
• Report of (ankle-height) water at Woodland and (knee-height) at Rahamut Trace

Mayaro/ Rio Claro Regional Corporation (MRCRC):
• Sacker Trace, there is water in Killdeer Trace crossing the road in some areas
• Mahabalsingh Trace, Legend, Union, and Deep Ravine

Tunapuna/ Piarco Regional Corporation (TPRC):
• Ramoutar Street, Kelly Village
• St. Helena Bypass, Piarco
• Street flooding at Oropune Gardens
• El Carmen, St Helena
• Andrew Lane, Mausica
• Manuel Congo
• Andrew Lane Mausica
• Factory Road Piarco
• Bamboo 2 and 3
• Freeman Road
• Trantrail
• Madras, St. Helena
• Kelly and Bejucal Road

Sangre Grande Regional Corporation (SGRC):
• Cunapo Southern Main Road
• Eastern Main Road at Sangre Chiquito opposite Seechandra Park
• Picton Road
• Foster Road
• Vega de Oropouche
• North Oropouche

Chaguanas Borough Corporation (CBC):
• Cunupia
• Abidh Street, Felicity

Tobago Emergency Management Agency (TEMA)
• Carrington Street, Scarborough

BUILDINGS IMPACTED BY INCLEMENT WEATHER:

Couva/ Tabaquite/ Talparo Regional Corporation (CTTRC):
• One incident of house flooding at Chin Chin Road where a house that is three feet below the level of the road became inundated.

Penal/ Debe Regional Corporation (PDRC):
• Woodland- Ten (10) houses.
• H#110F Suchit Trace, Penal yard flooding is threatening a building at this time.

Princes Town Regional Corporation (PTRC):
• There is one (1) report of a collapsed house in 6th Company Village. Lone occupant is being sheltered by relatives.

Port of Spain City Corporation (POS RC):
• An unoccupied house collapsed onto the roadway at O’Brien Place, Laventille.

Tobago Emergency Management Agency (TEMA):
• Scarborough General Hospital – Nineteen (19) patients were evacuated and safely relocated; clean-up taking place at this time.

FALLEN TREES

Couva/ Tabaquite/ Talparo Regional Corporation (CTTRC):
• fallen tree across the Tumpuna Cumuto Road in San Raphael.

Diego Martin Regional Corporation (DMRC):
• fallen tree at Dibe Road Long Circular.

Mayaro/ Rio Claro Regional Corporation (MRCRC):
• fallen tree at Bangladesh damaged electricity lines.

Tobago Emergency Management Agency (TEMA):
• One (1) incident of a fallen tree blocking the roadway at North Side Road, Bloody Bay.

LANDSLIDES

Princes Town Regional Corporation (PTRC):
• 3rd Company Village and Cunjal Road.

San Juan/ Laventille Regional Corporation (SJRC):
• Landslide just before the lookout on the North Coast Road. One lane traffic is opened to local residents only
• Landslide at La Canoa Road, Santa Cruz

RIVERS

Princes Town Regional Corporation (PTRC):
• Cipero River has partially overtopped it banks in the Princes Town area however it has not impacted any citizens.
• Guaracara River has overtopped at Riverside Gardens, Harmony Hall. At this time there no reports of any homes being impacted.

Tobago Emergency Management Agency (TEMA):
• Tobago as Crooks River has overtopped its banks.

IMPASSABLE ROADWAYS
• The St. Helena Bypass, Piarco
• The North Coast Road is now CLOSED due to multiple and persisting landslides.
• The Couva Exchange Road to Waterloo Carapichaima is flooded and impassable.
• Suchit Trace is inaccessible. Water is 2-3 feet in height
• Guayaguayare Road, Rio Claro
• Rochard Douglas Road
• Caroni South Bank Road
• Tumpuna Cumuto Road in San Raphael impassable as a result of a fallen tree.

The MORDLG has reported to the ODPM that they are in full control of the situation and that no evacuation is required at this time. MORDLG’s Disaster Management Units are on the field and responding to all areas listed. MORDLG in collaboration with the Ministry of Works and Transport is currently doing recovery works, visiting impacted flood victims, conducting assessments and providing shelter to persons in need. The MORDLG continues to place their national volunteer network on standby for impacted corporations, as water levels continue to rise.

The ODPM maintains consistent communication with the MORDLG’s Chief Disaster Coordinator and has activated its mechanism, the National Emergency Operation Centre (NEOC) at Level One to render support if requested. All Emergency Support Functions of the NEOC remain on standby.

The ODPM will like to repeat the need for citizens 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) Do not walk/drive through flood waters, delay travel for at least two (2) hours if using routes impassable at this time;
3) Be cautious when walking/driving along hillsides or landslide-prone areas;
4) Persons in low lying areas should secure important documents and protect their property with sand bags;
5) Persons in flood prone areas should elevate appliances and furniture to higher levels;
6) Practice Electrical safety - In the event of flooding, turn off electrical power to your home or business;
7) Listen or look out for further updates on television, radio and social media;
8) Know your emergency contact numbers, specifically your Disaster Management Unit’s number (see attached);
9) Know your nearest shelter;
10) Activate your 72 hour plan and ensure you have enough food, water and medical supplies for at least three (3) days.
11) Be mindful of areas listed which are experiencing street flooding at this time and avoid these areas where possible.

The ODPM continues to work closely with the Ministry of Rural Development and Local Government to lend resources and other support as we keep monitoring present weather conditions.
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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 Units) 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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