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Floods wash away road

PORT OF SPAIN – Last week the Morne Coco Road in Petit Valley had two lanes.

Then the rains came.

“This road had two lanes, and then the heavy rains came on Saturday and now the road gone, look at the size of that hole,” Simon Daniel told the Express in a visit to Petit Valley yesterday.

Following Saturday’s heavy rainfall, which caused death and destruction in Diego Martin and environs, a section of the Morne Coco Road approximately 25 metres in length was washed away.

That section of the Morne Coco Road has now been transformed into a single lane.

On the side of the road facing the river, boulders have been dumped to prevent further erosion of the major roadway.

New Jersey barriers have been placed on the roadway to protect motorists from the deadly drop.

Daniel yesterday said this is not enough.

“The next time a good rain comes, this entire road going to collapse. Officials came on Saturday when the floods happened and we have not seen anyone since, I feel like they have forgotten us,” Daniel said.

A stone’s throw away from the washed-away portion of the roadway, a bridge was also taken away by the raging flood waters, Daniel said.

Daniel yesterday called on officials to address the situation in Petit Valley before it is too late.

“Prevention is better than cure. This roadway is a disaster waiting to happen, this needs to be addressed before lives are lost,” Daniel said.

The Express yesterday visited Ravine Road in Petit Valley where residents were hard hit by Saturday’s heavy rain. (Express)

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