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Some areas in North West Trinidad affected by flooding: Response and relief efforts are underway

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Saturday November 19, 2011

Some areas in North West Trinidad affected by flooding: Response and relief efforts are underway

After the early afternoon thundershower, a number of areas in North West Trinidad (Maraval, Woodbrook, Cocorite, Diego Martin) experienced flooding and there have been reports of some landslides. In light of this, the graduation for the Community Emergency Response Teams (CERTs), scheduled to take place at the La Seiva Community Centre, has been postponed and response and relief are being coordinated.

Actions

Officials from the Disaster Management Units of the Port of Spain City Corporation and the Diego Martin Regional Corporation have been contacted and were mandated to visit affected areas and provide an initial damage assessment so that the ODPM can coordinate any necessary relief. An aerial reconnaissance of the affected areas is being conducted by the ODPM.

The Trinidad and Tobago Police Service is out assisting with traffic control on the Foreshore and Western Main Road. Other first responder agencies such as the Ministry of Works and Infrastructure, 1st Engineer Battalion of the Trinidad and Tobago Defence Force and the Trinidad and Tobago Fire Service will also be out assisting those that have been affected.

Tips

Citizens who may have been affected by flood waters, are reminded of the following:-

  • Stay calm and vigilant.
  • Do not walk or drive through flood waters. Stay inside until water levels have subsided.
  • Remove all valuables out of flood waters as soon as possible.
  • Ensure that any persons in wheelchairs are above water level.
  • Be cautious when driving on wet roads, along hillsides or in landslide prone areas.

 

We urge citizens that have been affected by flooding to contact their municipal corporation or the ODPM at 800 6376.

 

For further information, please contact:

Dr. Stephen Ramroop, Chief Executive Officer – 868 789 2779 

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