Monday, October 16, 2017

Flash flooding across Trinidad


Minor flooding was reported in parts of Claxton Bay on Tuesday, following heavy afternoon showers.

There were also reports of street and flash flooding in Chaguanas, Penal, San Juan and Barrackpore.

Councillor Shazeeda Khan-Mohammed said there was up to three feet of flood waters along Cedar Hill Road, Claxton Bay, just off the Solomon Hochoy Highway.

She said, “The area is flood prone and whenever there was heavy rainfall the water would rise here. However, the regional corporation has cleared the water courses in the area and the water is now receding quickly.”

Khan-Mohammed said three homes were affected by the rising waters. She said a team was dispatched to assist the affected residents.

Flood waters at Hermitage Village had receded by late afternoon, she said.

A landslide was also reported along the North Coast, with fallen trees across the roadway.

The Express was told that parts of the SS Erin Road, Penal, were also under flood waters.

Last month, homes were damaged and families were marooned following torrential rainfall brought on by Tropical Storm Bret.

Many homes remain without power, as trees uprooted by high winds brought down electricity lines in areas across the country.

Several families are still recovering from the severe flooding and damage.

The Met Office reported at 2.30pm that showers over Trinidad were due to localized effects. It stated that Tropical Storm Don can be seen on the Infrared satellite image just northeast of Tobago.

The western half of Trinidad was at that time experiencing heavy showers/thundershowers and there were reports of flash flooding in the areas.