Trinidad – ODPM boss says littering causing major flooding in T&T

PORT OF SPAIN –– The Priority Bus Route (PBR) has been opened until further notice as a result of the flooding caused by today’s torrential rainfall.

The Trinidad and Tobago Meteorological Service issued a bulletin on its Facebook page today stating that the country had been experiencing cloudy conditions with periods of rain and showers, some of which had been “moderate to heavy to intensity”.

The Met Service said: “Localised street or flash flooding is likely in heavy or prolonged downpours, and gusty winds may be experienced in the vicinity of showers or thundershowers. There is also the likelihood of landslides/landslips in elevated areas, particularly in Tobago.”

Vehicles passing through floodwaters  at South Quay in Port of Spain.
Vehicles passing through floodwaters at South Quay in Port of Spain.

It was stated that the heavy rains was due to the passing of a tropical wave over the southern Caribbean which was interacting with the Inter-Tropical Convergence Zone.

Dr Steven Ramroop, head of the Office Of Disaster Management And Preparedness (ODPM) told the Express he was more concerned about the amount of garbage people were throwing blocking key watercourses than reporting on which areas were flooded.

At around midday, there were reports of flooding mainly in areas of north and central Trinidad. There were no reports of flooding in south Trinidad but authorities continue to be monitor the rainfall.

The Couva/Tabaquite/Talparo Regional Corporation reported that several areas, including Claxton Bay, were experiencing flooding.

Ramroop said the ODPM had been doing all it could to educate the public on disaster preparedness but people yet continued to throw garbage anywhere they wanted resulting in the floods.

Ramroop said: “We are just finding out what has been happening. There are a number of areas that has been impacted by flooding which is basically what we call street flooding which is due to heavy rainfall which is not getting its proper channels to run out. The integrity of the drains are clogged up with a lot of garbage.”

He said: We are looking at water here now in the East Dry River; we are looking at water coming down the hills of the Lady Young Road; and in a lot of the drains we are seeing cups and plastic bottles and boxes and coconut shells coming out in the road. Some of the areas on the bus route there is water on the road, and it is only garbage coming out from the drains.”

Source: (Trinidad Express)

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