Thursday, November 23, 2017

They lit the deyas despite the floods


That's how Moruga/Tableland MP Dr Lovell Francis described residents of Lower Barrackpore on Wednesday night, as they braved flood waters to light deyas in celebration of Divali.

Francis was responding to reports of severe flooding in the area when he came across several flooded homes with lighted deyas.

The deyas were placed on higher ground, while homeowners were bailing out flood waters.

Francis said, “You want to understand the resilience of Trinidadians and Tobagonians? It is 6:29 pm... I am in Barrackpore... There are flood waters as far as the eye can see.. vehicles cannot pass... But citizens are still lighting their deyas. That is resilience!!!”

Parts of Lower Barrackpore were impassable and some families were trapped in their homes.

Francis said Community Based Enhancement Programme (CEPEP) workers have been mobilised to assist in clean-up exercises. He said a team would visit the affected families to assess losses.

The Express was told that the No. Two and No. Five Scale Roads were impassable on Thursday morning. The rising flood water claimed crops and livestock in some areas.

And there is no electricity supply in parts of Barrackpore and Penal.

Francis said there were also reports of severe flooding in St Mary's, Moruga. He said the Ministries of Works and Transport and Social Development have been contacted to assist.