Saturday, February 24, 2018

Clean-up going smoothly across T&T after rains

ODPM: Prompt response from authorities


on the job: Housing Development Corporation (HDC) workers assist in clearing silt from a ground-floor apartment in Oropune yesterday, following Friday’s heavy showers which flooded several homes in the area. —Photo: AYANNA KINSALE

Mark Fraser

Clean-up operations as a result of flooding from heavy rainfall throughout the country on Friday were said to be moving smoothly yesterday, chief executive officer of the Office of Disaster Preparedness and Management (ODPM) Dr Ste­phen Ramroop said.

Speaking to the Sunday Express in a brief telephone interview, Ramroop said he was pleased with the clean-up operations taking place in areas such as Bamboo, Oropune and the North Coast Road, among others, where the ODPM had received reports of flooding and landslides. 

He said affected residents had re­ceived a prompt response with assis­tance

from local authorities, and he expected the efforts to continue today. 

When asked if there had been any new reports of flooding and landslides yesterday, Dr Ramroop said as far as he was aware, the ODPM hadn’t received any. 

On Friday, the persistent rainfall and

cloudy conditions experienced through­-

out Trinidad and Tobago were due to

the passage of a tropical wave interac­ting with the Intertropical Convergence Zone (ITCZ).

The Trinidad and Tobago Meteo­ro­logical Service issued a bulletin, advising citizens to expect showery activity over Trinidad and Tobago. Rain was also expected yesterday, though not

on a severe level as experienced on Friday. 

On Friday, the Express received re­ports of flash floods in Curepe, O’Meara, Arima, Carapo and Oropune Village, among other areas.