Floods, landslides and tree falls reported in Trinidad
Disaster management units from various regional companies across the country were fully deployed on Saturday afternoon to pump floodwater from homes and clean up debris.
Reports from the Department of Rural Development and Local Government said there were fallen trees in San Juan, Arima, Lady Young Road and Caura after prolonged downpours in several parts of the country.
Heavy street and sudden flooding occurred in areas such as Rock Road near Scott’s Road and Morne Diablo Road, Waterloo / Perseverance, Egypt, Guapo, parts of Spring Trace and parts of Cape Town city and Bamboo, he said.
The report also said there had been no cases of injuries to people or animals, but said several roofs had been torn off and there had been minor landslides.
The Met Office issued a yellow-level adverse weather alert on Friday which it said should last until Sunday.
He warned that “river levels are currently close to threshold values in some parts, especially along the Caroni river basin.”
On Saturday morning, the meteorological office warned the public to stay clear of rivers as they reached the overflow threshold.
The officer met on duty, Kiran Seedoo, said the overflow threshold of the Caroni River was 7.67 meters and the overflow onto the causeway was 8.24 meters. High tides, he added, will hamper the flow of water.
He added that similar situations were expected in major rivers such as South Oropouche River, Caparo River, North Oropouche River, South Oropouche River, Guapo River and others.
Reports said the Cipero River had 65% capacity, Guaracara and Vistabella rivers had 40% capacity on Saturday afternoon.
Cashew Gardens / St Mary’s Councilor Vishan Mohammed said streets in the Housing Development Corporation (HDC) settlement in Cashew Gardens were impassable around noon.
He said the development was generally inundated due to a lack of drainage and infrastructure in the housing development.
“This has been happening since 2017 because HDC has not provided adequate infrastructure to deal with situations like this. They are generally reactive rather than proactive.
“We are trying to help society, but the HDC is responsible for housing development. Fortunately, water did not enter the properties.
Sunday Newsday also learned that a similar situation had occurred at Bamboo # 3, Valsayn. Councilor Seema Ramsaran said some houses had been flooded but the damage was not as severe as before.
“The pump is running but not at full capacity. If things escalate overnight, the village would be in grave danger. The drainage superintendent said he would try to get another one (pump), but we haven’t received any updates.