The flooded Western Main Road near The Falls at Westmall, Westmoorings, earlier today.

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UPDATE - Trinidad Stung By Isaac's Tail

By Richard Charan

The Office of Disaster Preparedness and Management (ODPM) this afternoon reported that except for the Caroni River, the levels of all major water courses were receding.

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 earlier today.

Responder agencies this morning reported
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 Square, 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. The bulletins have since been discontinued.

The Water Taxi service in the churning waters of the Gulf of Paria was cancelled for the day, 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.
Parts of Diego Martin, left a disaster area less that two weeks ago as a result of floods and landslides, were also impacted.

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 are showers, moderate to heavy, with widespread light rainfall".

Baig however, said there was now concern about Tropical Depression No 10, a weather system that had developed 1500 miles east of the Leeward islands, and another system behind this, which had just moved of the coast of Africa, and begun tracking across the Atlantic ocean towards the Caribbean.

Flood Bulletin #2: issued by the ODPM at 4.23p.m -


This is the final bulletin on this weather event and updates Bulletin Number 1 issued earlier today. 
 
Recent reports received from the Water Resources Agency have revealed that the levels of all major courses are receding except for the Caroni River. Although rising trends in the Caroni River are observed, it still remains contained and not critical. Runoff from recent rainfall events is no longer impacting on the levels of our rivers and other watercourses. As a result, the Flood Bulletin is being discontinued. 
 
Current Meteorological analysis suggests that rainfall activity associated with feeder band activity has decreased, but periods of light rain or showers are forecast for tonight and tomorrow morning. 
 
The Trinidad and Tobago Meteorological Service, Water Resources Agency and ODPM remain vigilant and will inform the public on the development of any weather related conditions which may adversely affect our islands.
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