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PUBLIC ADVISORY #3 Saturday 30th December, 2017 – 12:15 pm

ODPM updates citizens on safety tips for the prolonged 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 Office (TTMET) has advised that conditions will continue throughout the day and may improve later tonight. The inclement weather bulletin is active for the weekend unless amended, along with the Riverine Flood Alert. However, the Ministry of Rural Development and Local Government (MORDLG) continues to activate all Municipal Corporations to assist heavily impacted corporations such as:

Tunapuna/Piarco Regional Corporation - Street flooding and flooding at Oropune Gardens, El Carmen St Helena, Andrew Lane, Mausica, Manuel Congo, Andrew Lane Mausica, Oropune Gardens, Factory Road Piarco, Bamboo 2 and 3, Freeman Road, Trantrail, Madras, St. Helena, Kelly and Bejucal Road.

San Juan/Laventille Regional Corporation - Two (2) landslides reported: one in the vicinity before the lookout on the North Coast Road; second Landslide at La Canoa Road, Santa Cruz.

Couva/Tabaquite/Talparo Regional Corporation - all water courses in the region are at very high levels with numerous reports of street flooding in the following areas; Mamoral, Todds Road, Esmeralda Junction on the Guaracara Tabaquite Road, Caparo, Balmain, Las Lomas #2, Chin Chin, Chandernagore, Cedar Hill and Sum Sum Hill Roads, Freeport Mission Road and Paul Trace, Ragoonanan East and West.

Penal/Debe Regional Corporation - Water levels were rising in the Oropouche River (at Barrackpore) and the rivers of the Penal Rock Road area, Cipero and Pluck Road. Areas of street flooding were the New Colonial Road, Barrackpore, Rochard Douglas Road and the Penal Rock Road, H#110F Suchit Trace – Penal and Woodland.

Two (2) shelters are on standby to be opened: Clarke Rochard Government School and Woodland Hindu Primary School.

Siparia Regional Corporation – Woodland, Clarke Road and Rahamut Trace.
Sangre Grande Regional Corporation - There is street flooding on the Cunapo Southern Main Road, Eastern Main Road at Sangre Chiquito opposite Seechandra Park, Picton Road, Foster Road, Vega de Oropouche and North Oropouche.

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 and conducting assessments, as well as all other agencies. 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. MORDLG advises the public that the following routes are impassible: Piarco By Pass Road, North Coast Road (local Traffic Only) Cunapo Southern Main Road and roadways in the Madras.

Further, as the inclement weather ensues the ODPM will like 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.
Issued by:
Public Information, Education and Community Outreach Unit
For further information, please Call:
ODPM’s Customer Call Centre 511/ TEMA’s Hotline 211


Regional Corporation (Disaster Management Unit) 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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