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RETRACTION STATEMENT - Wednesday 14th February, 2018

MEDIA RELEASE

Wednesday 14th February, 2018 – 2:00 pm

RETRACTION STATEMENT

The Office of Disaster Preparedness and Management (ODPM) retracts its original statements on the role of The University of the West Indies (UWI) Seismic Research Centre in the monitoring of increased geological activity at the Devil’s Woodyard, New Grant, Princes Town.  

The UWI Seismic Research Centre did not conduct continuous assessments of the site or declare the site as dormant. Additionally, UWI Seismic Research Centre did not conduct assessments to rate the flammability level of the site as low. The Geological Society of Trinidad and Tobago (GSTT) and the Environmental Management Authority (EMA) are observing the geological activity at the Devil’s Woodyard, New Grant, Princes Town. 

The ODPM would like to make the following corrections:

·         The Ministry of Rural Development and Local Government (MORDLG) through the Princes Town Regional Corporation is leading the management and coordination of this localized incident.

·         The Geological Society of Trinidad and Tobago (GSTT) and the Environmental Management Authority (EMA) are observing the geological activity at the Devil’s Woodyard, New Grant, Princes Town. 

·         The UWI Seismic Research Centre has a professional interest in observing the geological phenomenon.

The ODPM would like to publicly apologise for the incorrect statements made in its Public Advisories regarding the role of The UWI Seismic Research Centre in this incident.

The ODPM has received no new reports of activity overnight at the Devil’s Woodyard site. The Geological Society of Trinidad and Tobago (GSTT) and the Environmental Management Authority (EMA) conducted site assessments today. The GSTT reported that there was no geological activity overnight and during the observation period. The Princes Town Regional Corporation conducted a Damage Assessment and Needs Analysis (DANA) of the area which confirmed that there is structural damage to the Princes Town Regional Corporation infrastructure on site. However, no homes were directly affected by the increased geologic activity.

To maintain public safety and security, the Hindustan Road in New Grant, Princes Town remains closed to vehicular and pedestrian traffic except to persons who reside in the area. Citizens and tourists are advised to avoid visiting the area at this time.

The ODPM, Trinidad and Tobago Police Service (TTPS), Municipal Police of the Princes Town Regional Corporation, Trinidad and Tobago Fire Service (TTFS), MORDLG, Princes Town Regional Corporation, Environmental Management Authority (EMA) and the Geological Society of Trinidad and Tobago (GSTT) are closely observing the site to ensure the safety and security of residents and citizens.

The ODPM reminds all citizens that if they have any questions or concerns to please contact our Customer Care Centre at 511 or visit our website at www.odpm.gov.tt.

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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

 

 

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