New flood fears…as rain pounds south Trinidad

The rainfall drenching parts of Barrackpore yesterday morning. Photo By Trevor Watson.

(Trinidad Express) Six days after it began, the rains continued to pound parts of south Trinidad yesterday.

And a forecast issued by the Met Office at 10am stated that heavy showers or thundershowers were expected to continue into the afternoon.

There are also reports of a tropical wave approaching the Lesser Antilles, increasing moisture, instability and chances for showers and thunderstorms through today.

The relentless rainfall is hampering flood relief workers delivering foodstuff to affected residents in Barrackpore, Debe, Penal, Woodland and Mayaro.

Chairman of the Penal/Debe Regional Corporation, Dr Allen Sammy, said there were pockets in the Woodland area where families were still trapped in their home.

He said regional corporation was working with the T&T Regiment to deliver hampers and assist affected residents.

“It is still very bad in parts of Woodland, Barrackpore and Debe. The rains are coming again and people are fearful. We still have some problems in Woodland to get to some families. But we are out now and working on assessing the damages,” he said.

Last evening, almost 300 persons in Woodland were cut off and efforts were being made to assist them.

Chairman of the Siparia Regional Corporation, Dr Glenn Ramadharsingh, said families were without clean water and needed warm meals.

There were also reports of traffic gridlock in Debe and along Mosquito Creek, South Oropouche, yesterday.

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