Catastrophic flooding in Trinidad could get worse

Residents of Kelly Village waited on their rooftop as the floods rose.

(TRINIDAD EXPRESS) There has been a catastrophic level of flooding across many communities in Trinidad overnight.

Families are being evacuated from homes in east and central Trinidad as flood waters continue to rise following two days of persistent rainfall.

Homes in Kelly Village, Caroni, were almost covered in water sending families scrambling to the rooftops.

The Express was told that the flood water began rising at around 1am.

The Greenvale Park Housing Complex was also evacuated overnight. Flood water rose to almost 10 feet covering vehicles.

The Office of Disaster Preparedness and Management (ODPM) stated that the Trinidad and Tobago Defence Force reported that there were approximately 150 persons at the La Horquetta Regional Complex. As a safety precaution, the electricity in the area has been temporarily disconnected, the ODPM stated.

Mayaro MP Rushton Paray said his constituency was “completely cut off”. He said roads were impassable and homes were flooded out.

Paray said it was impossible to access Sangre Grande through Manzanilla.

He said the Naparima Mayaro Road in the Mafeking Area is impassible.

“Mafeking and inner Mafeking is under flood waters and impassible. The Poole Valley – Guaya Road is impassible and Cedar Grove is totally cut off,” he said.

The Ministry of Rural Development and Local Government stated that all regional corporations have been activated. Emergency agencies have also been responding to reports, the ministry stated.

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