Home' Trinidad and Tobago Guardian : October 4th 2014 Contents “People cannot come out of their homes. Nobody
expected it to flood so quickly. The rains took us by
Resident Harripersad Lal Dookie said the recent
land clearing for the Solomon Hochoy Highway Exten-
sion could be responsible for most of the flooding.
He said the flood gates were dysfunctional and hun-
dreds of acres of prime agricultural lands were destroyed
because of the infiltration of salt water.
Floods were also reported at Lower Barrackpore.
Disaster management teams from the Siparia Regional
Corporation and Penal/Debe Regional Corporation
spent hours touring the flood-ravaged communities,
distributing food stuff and mattresses.
MP: Don’t blame highway work
Fyzabad MP Chandresh Sharma yesterday denied
reports that the highway construction was responsible
for the flooding at Khan Trace, Market Street and
Mon Desir Road. He said a drain was being built close
to the Fyzabad Anglican Secondary School and this
failed to channel the water flow.
“It is an incomplete project. It is not unusual for
flooding to occur once we get this level of rainfall.”
He added that villagers were quick to unite to help
each other. He said state agencies such as Cepep, URP,
Office of Disaster Preparedness, disaster management
teams and members of parliament worked together
to bring immediate relief.
Watch out for landslides
Chief Meteorologist Shakeer Baig said yesterday
that the rainfall was due to the passage of the Inter-
Tropical Convergence Zone (ITCZ). He advised citizens
to be wary of possible landslides and gusty winds. He
also warned citizens to be alert to electrical discharges
Torrential rains caused havoc in sev-
eral parts of South Trinidad, destroying
crops, livestock and property.
Affected people were still counting their
losses last night which they estimated to
be in the hundreds of thousands of dol-
Residents of Alta Garcia Trace were
marooned in their homes and children
from the San Francique Hindu and Pres-
byterian schools were unable to get to
The Fyzabad Anglican Secondary School
was also flooded out and children were
forced to stay in their classrooms until
the flood waters subsided.
Areas in Penal including Jokhan Trace,
Raju Trace, Clarke Street, Dorbassa Trace
and San Francique Main Road were affect-
ed by the floods.
Pamela Manick, the owner of Jags Food
Value Supermarket in San Francique, was
in the process of selling reporters umbrellas
when the floods began cascading into the
store around 10 am.
Manick and her husband, Jagdish,
quickly began packing sacks of rice, flour
and pet food on higher shelves. Within
minutes the store had over two feet of
water. Her neighbour, Mahindra Gopie,
waded through the flood water to help
stack cases of drinks in front of the store
in an attempt to block the water.
“This is the first time that we got flood-
ing this way. Normally we get floods on
the roads but not in here,” Manick said.
She could not assess her losses. Chan-
rika Gopie, who lives at 284 San Francique
Road, said his water pump, television, bed
and furniture set were destroyed by the
“My son’s apartment was flooded. The
rains fell for a few hours and we could
not salvage anything because the room
is locked. We do not know what else from
his apartment were damaged,” Gopie said.
Narine Deonarine said the floods
occurred because of poor drainage. He
said when the drains were constructed
they were not made wide enough to
accommodate the water flow.
“In some areas there are no box drains.
They need to complete the projects and
widen the cylinders so that the water will
flow,” Deonarine said.
Afzal Hosein also said it was the biggest
flood the residents had seen within recent
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Central Trinidad has been spared major dam-
age to homes and infrastructure from gusty
winds and prolonged rainfall over the last two
A couple of dilapidated roofs were blown
off, a landslip was reported and there was minor
flooding in some areas.
But officials at the Chaguanas Borough and
Couva/Tabaquite/Talparo Regional (CTTRC)
Corporations said they were not taking things
for granted and were prepared for any major
Chaguanas Mayor Gopaul Boodan said he
and the Disaster Management Team, Engi-
neering Unit, Health Department and other
first responders were on standby at the cor-
poration’s office in case any serious damage
“I am going to stay here as long as it takes.
Every community in the borough is important
to us,” he said.
“We are monitoring the situation. There
have been a few cases of blocked drains and
minor flash flooding.
“But, so far, we have not had reports of any
major damage,” Boodan said yesterday after-
Chairman of the CTTRC Henry Awong said
a report was made of a house on the verge of
collapse in Flanagin Town due to a landslip.
The roof of this house was also blown off.
Awong said another landslip case was report-
ed in the Macaulay area, Claxton Bay, and a
roof was blown off in Todd’s Road, Caparo.
There was some roof damage in Freeport
also and a business place was flooded out in
“Our teams have been on the move seeking
to bring immediate relief to those who need
Gusty winds and rainfall began on Thursday
due to a weather system passing over T&T.
Homes in North West Trinidad and the
East/West Corridor have been hit the hardest
by the bad weather.
Flash floods hit South Trinidad
Students marooned; crops and livestock lost
Jagdish Manick, owner of Jags Food Value Supermarket, tries in vain to stop the flow of water
into his store as heavy rains caused flooding in San Francique, Penal, yesterday.
PHOTOS: KRISTIAN DE SILVA
Cepep workers abandon their worksite along San Francique Road, Penal, yesterday after heavy
rains flooded the area.
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