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TS Isaac brings flooding to T&T

PORT OF SPAIN — Torrential rain and winds linked to Tropical Storm Isaac swept across Trinidad and Tobago overnight, causing major flooding across the East/West corridor and the capital Port-of-Spain.

Responder agencies were this morning reporting floods in Carenage, Cocorite, Santa Cruz, Westmoorings, Diego Martin, Barataria and Belmont.

Many of the main streets in the capital were under water by daybreak, including Independence Avenue, and portions of Wrightson Road.

Persons calling in to radio and television stations were reporting fallen trees in St Augustine, the Maracas Valley and along the North Coast Road.

Both the Office of Disaster Preparedness and Management (ODPM) and the Trinidad and Tobago Meteorological Services issued flood bulletins this morning.

The Water Taxi service in the churning waters of the Gulf of Paria was cancelled leaving hundreds stranded in San Fernando. Taxis drivers also refused to drive into Port of Spain.

City Gate was reported to be under water, causing commuter chaos.

Initial reports this morning were that parts of Diego Martin left a disaster area less that two weeks ago as a result of floods and landslides, were also hard hit.

There was also an appeal by persons trapped in flood waters in downtown Port-of-Spain for police officers to respond to reports that persons were being robbed in the John John area.

Senior meteorologist Shakeer Baig said at 9 a.m today that the worst of the weather had passed, but rain would persist into the afternoon.

He confirmed that the bad weather was associated with Tropical Storm Isaac, the centre of which was this morning located south of Puerto Rico more than 700 kilometres from Trinidad and Tobago.

He urged vigilance, but said “the heaviest rainfall is behind us. What we are now seeing is show showers, moderate to heavy, with widespread light rainfall”. (Express)

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