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ODPM Update of Severe Weather Event from 18th October 2017 to Present

EMERGENCY RESPONSE FOR SEVERE WEATHER CONDITIONS

The Trinidad and Tobago Meteorological Service has maintained the riverine flood alert for Trinidad due to the rainfall activity associated with the Inter-Tropical Convergence Zone (ITCZ) over the last 48 hours.
Due to reports from the Water Resources Agency, water levels in some of the nation’s major rivers as well as their tributaries have reached threshold levels, including the Caroni River. Additional rainfall is forecast with Numerical Weather Prediction Models estimating 20-30 millimeters over the next 24 hours.

As such the Office of the Disaster Management and Preparedness (ODPM) before the time of impact has placed on agencies on alert and is presently assisting the Ministry of Rural Development and Local Government’ Regional Corporations to provide the following:

•Search and Rescue – through the Trinidad and Tobago Fire Services (TTFS) is assisting all impacted Regional Corporations with search and rescue operations for persons who are marooned at this time. The ODPM is currently sharing information from the Regional Corporations’ Disaster Management Units on opened shelters for TTFS to be placed on standby to assist with further transportation of impacted persons if needed.

•Transportation of Marooned Flood Victims - through Trinidad and Tobago Defence Force two (2) teams have been deployed to assist the Penal/Debe Regional Corporation with moving marooned persons into shelters in the Woodland area, to the following designated shelters for an estimated three (3) day period: Rochard Government Primary School and Woodland Hindu Primary School in the Barrackpore area.

Citizens are reminded that persons who are impacted are advised to contact emergency first responders of their Regional Corporations’ Disaster Management Units to call the numbers below for immediate assistance:

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)

Please be reminded of the following if you are impacted:
1. Call your Regional Corporation for assistance.
2. If impacted and in need of shelter, contact your Regional Corporation Disaster Management Unit who will advise on the shelters which are open.
3. If you are on route and uncertain of travel routes, please look out for updates from the Ministry of Works and Transport in collaboration with the Trinidad and Tobago Police Service for advisories on traffic diversions, updates
on impassable routes, major roadworks and instructions to delay travel.

Citizens in general, and those residing in the Caroni River Basin in particular, are asked to be on the alert for high river levels and over-spill in some areas. The ODPM will continue to monitor the weather conditions based on releases from the Trinidad and Tobago Meteorological Service and efforts of emergency responders to support relief efforts.

Please note the ODPM is supporting efforts of the Regional Corporations' Disaster Management Units who have reported they are not overwhelmed at this time. However, ODPM officials are still assisting relief efforts and pooling resources from other first responder agencies to ensure relief efforts continue in a timely manner.

Updated on 01/11/2017

Please see updates given per corporation , these updates have been provided by the Disaster Management Units in the respective areas:

Port of Spain City Corporation DMU - The ODPM's Regional Coordinators have contacted the this corporation and no new incidents have been reported.

San Fernando City Corporation DMU - The ODPM's Regional Coordinators have contacted the this corporation and no new incidents have been reported.

Arima Borough Corporation DMU - The ODPM's Regional Coordinators have contacted the this corporation and approximately, 0.25% Burgesses were affected. Twenty-seven (27) reports were received for this jurisdiction due to ongoing inclement weather and associated conditions. The date of the period of incident record is October 18, 2017 to present. The majority of reports were related to blown-off roofs; other reports include a fallen, landslides and road silt. The DMU personnel have addressed the same. Assessments were completed.

Diego Martin Regional Corporation DMU - The ODPM's Regional Coordinators have contacted the this corporation and no new incidents have been reported.

San Juan/ Laventille Regional Corporation DMU - The ODPM's Regional Coordinators have contacted the this corporation and no new incidents have been reported. The DMU is currently conducting assessment in the El Socorro south district as flood waters recede. As at this morning Nine (9) homes were assessed in El Socorro South and letters issued to respective agencies.

Tunapuna Piarco Regional Corporation DMU - The ODPM's Regional Coordinators have contacted the this corporation and no new incidents have been reported. TPRC DMU will be continuing clean-up activities in the St. Helena area today, in addition to sanitizing and fumigation activities by insect vector Department.

Sangre Grande Regional Corporation DMU - The ODPM's Regional Coordinators have contacted this corporation and no new incidents have been reported. The Manzanilla Police have reported that the Manzanilla Stretch is clear to all traffic once again. The DMU states that there have been 107 recorded incidents in the region as a result of the Divali Rain Event. All reports have been assessed and cleanup activities continue today.

Couva/ Tabaquite/ Talparo Regional Corporation DMU -The ODPM's Regional Coordinators have contacted this corporation and isolated reports are still trickling in. The total reports received now stand at 664. Water courses are still slightly elevated. Cleanup activities continue in the areas affected by the flood waters.

Princes Town Regional Corporation DMU - The ODPM's Regional Coordinators have contacted this corporation and they have recorded 339 incidents as a result of the rainfall event on October 18. These are broken down as follows:
Flooding - 310
Landslip - 20
Fallen Tree - 4
Fallen Lines - 2
Collapse House - 2
Fire – 1
There was also one fatality.
The DMU continues assessments and cleanup activities today. The Honourable Minister and PS MORDLG also visited the area.

Penal/ Debe Regional Corporation DMU - The ODPM's Regional Coordinators have contacted this corporation and approximately, 15-20 % Burgesses were affected. A total of 532 reports were received, due to the ongoing inclement weather, and associated conditions. The majority of the reports pertained to floods; others pertained to fallen trees, landslides and a leaking roof. Damage assessment activity is being performed by member of Trinidad and Tobago Red Cross Society, Trinidad and Tobago Defence Force and the Corporation (approximately 10 persons of the Corporation).The DMU continues assessment (Initial Damage Assessment ) activity and 327 assessments are completed. The corporation is targeting the Woodland area, as the waters have now subsided, in more locations, within this community. The Corporation relief distribution is ongoing. The items distributed are as follows: food hampers, mattresses, sandbags, cleaning products (bleach and detergent). Cleaning services for clean-up, via water pumps and pump operators are being provided. The Corporation has seven (7) submersible pumps and three (3) pressure washers. The mobile shelter was step-up to serve an expansion of Emergency Operations Center, from October 26, 2017. Lights were added to the shelter.

NB: The Regional Corportion has advised that the estimates given does not include the number of persons who did not report incidents, as well as the number of persons still inaccessible.

Mayaro/ Rio Claro Regional Corporation DMU - The ODPM's Regional Coordinators have contacted this corporation and one incident was reported. It occurred this morning, whereby a large tree falling across the Naparima/Mayaro road at Union Village brought down TTEC lines. DMU mobilizing to area with tree cutting crew. The water levels in Mafeking and Cedar Grove areas have subsided and assessment teams are now on the ground in these areas conducting the remaining assessments. The DMC estimates that they are 98% complete. Cleanup activities continue in the affected areas.

Siparia Regional Corporation DMU - The ODPM's Regional Coordinators have contacted this corporation and efforts at the SRC DMU is on-going. Twenty-three (23) referral letters were issued on October 26, 2017. Fifteen (15) and counting referral letters were given after the said date.The DMU is currently in the St John, Avocat area assisting in pumping water out houses in the area. Approximately 35 % of Burgesses were affected; based on a statement from the Chief Disaster Management Coordinator.To this time, *approximately 250 reports have been received, attributed to the inclement weather. The majority of reports were flood-related, and of the Woodland area. There were other reports of a fallen tree and leaking WASA main (*this number was provided on the morning of October 25, 2017).

Presently, the DMU personnel is issuing referral letters to affected residence due to flooding please note the following:

Date: October 22, 2017
Nature: Fallen tree
Location: La Brea RC School.
Action Taken: TTFS responded by cutting branches of fence. On October 26, 2017, the response (to cut up and remove the fallen tree at La Brea RC) are ongoing.

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The DMC is continuing to work with the MOWT to determine the status of the operability of the sluice gate that is nearer to the TTDF camp. If inoperable, the gate is to be attended to. The DMC has been advised to contact the PDRC DMC for a MOWT POC for report address.

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Murray Street has been cordoned off due to a landslide at this location.There were two (2) landslides at Gonzales Trace.Due to the land slip/road cave-in at Thick Village, opposite Ali Meah John contracting, the road has been cordoned off
The DMU personnel was to coordinate the deployment of a power washer and pump to that location. Clean-up effort continue at St. John Trace. Further to the clean-up process, spraying of the area is to be done.

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Relief distribution of mattresses and detergents is ongoing. Bulk waste is also being picked up.

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NB: The DMC that the flood waters of the region of Penal/Debe is moving left into these significantly impacted Siparia areas (namely Woodland), and then flowing into the Gulf-of-Paria.

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Approximately > 100 assessments (IDA) were done on October 24, 2017. It was noted that the rainfall event would have been one (1) of the factors contributing to the oil spill, that was conveyed by water accumulating in the catchment area.

This report is follows:
For recall:

Date: October 24, 2017
Location: #213 Cruz Catchment Area, Cochrane (location of the catchment area)
Nature: Oil Spill
Detail: The spill was observed in a resident's garden. Investigations by the Field Officer identified an over filled oil catchment located in the Siparia area, belonged to PETROTRIN. The spill has impacted an area of PFBC as well.
The spill has been contained and clean-up is ongoing as well as bioremediation work.

NB: This incident is being followed-up by the PFBC DMU. The DMC is aware of this.

Tobago Emergency Management Agency (TEMA) - The ODPM's Regional Coordinators have contacted this corporation and TEMA has reported that there have been an additional 10 reports in various areas in the last 24 hours. These are comprised of:
5 incidents of residential landslide.
1 incident of retaining wall damage.
4 incidents of fallen trees.
The areas are: Lambeau (1), Mason Hall (3), Mt. St. George (1), Woodlands (1), Golden Lane (1), CharlotteVille (1), Calder Hall (1), Moriah (1).
Assessments are completed and cleanup underway in affected areas.

This completes current updates received.

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