‘Light rains’ in East Trinidad turn into flood chaos

Slow going: Motorists drive through floodwaters on the Eastern Main Road, St Augustine, yesterday

(Trinidad Express) What started off as a sunny Divali morning yesterday gradually turned into overcast skies, heavy rainfall and flooding in several areas along East Trinidad.

All it took was about 15 minutes of heavy showers and the Eastern Main Road from Tunapuna to Curepe was almost impassable.

Persons who left their homes in sunlight to pick up treats for Divali eventually regretted their decision.

“I just come out here to get a few roti skins you know. I was going to eat rice but I say let me get the roti. I was just bragging about how fast I got though at Hosein’s, then to end up stuck in this mess,” said a middle aged man sheltering opposite Massy Stores in St. Augustine.

He was soaked from head to toe.

Motorists and maxi taxi drivers who tried to avoid the traffic congestion along the Eastern Main Road in Tunapuna, took alternate routes along side streets but ended up in a same or even worse predicament.

They eventually had to turn back on to the Main Road.

There were also reports of flooding in El Socorro, St Augustine, Saddle Road, Maraval, and on the Churchill Roosevelt Highway near the Courts Megastore.

On Monday the Meteorological Office of Trinidad and Tobago forecast a partly sunny day for yesterday, “with a high chance of light to moderate morning and afternoon showers”.

The Met Office said there was a small chance of heavy showers and thunder showers.

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