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October 5, 2014 www.guardian.co.tt Sunday Guardian
CHARLES KONG SOO
The Meteorological Service says T&T
is still under flood watch.
The flood alert continues in light of
the most recent rainfall activity associated
with the Inter-Tropical Convergence
Flooding and damage in South, Cen-
tral, East, Santa Cruz, Cocorite, Diego
Martin and in Tobago have been report-
ed.Speaking to the Sunday Guardian yes-
terday, the meteorologist on duty at the
Meteorological Office said, "We re run-
ning a flood bulletin and will keep it in
effect because we re still having a lot of
showers today (Saturday) and from Fri-
"We had two inches of rain which is
a substantial amount of rainfall, and
today s rainfall will add to that.
"The rivers from our information are
almost right up to their banks with the
"Normally the river rain flooding will
occur 12 to 24 hours after the event, and
flash flooding will occur almost instantly
with heavy downpours."
He said today can see an increase in
the volume of water in rivers, and in
some places we can see rivers bursting
The meteorologist said while there
may be a decrease in rainfall activity
today, river rain flooding will occur.
He said although it was rain water
running off from the mountains, it was
going to increase water levels in rivers
causing their banks to burst yesterday
evening or last night.
The meteorologist said T&T can expect
a mixed day today with a little bit of
sunshine, interspersed with cloudy peri-
ods and showers in varying localities---
moreso Trinidad, and to a lesser extent
He said the ITCZ that was currently
over T&T was expected to move a little
further down South, but Tobago will still
T&T still under
Flood victims from San Fran-
cique, Cap-de-Ville, Woodland
and Barrackpore began cleaning
up their flood ravaged homes
even as they braced for more bad
weather over the weekend.
In the Oropouche West areas,
MP Stacy Roopnarine was on hand
with Cepep crews to bring relief
to distressed residents. Close to a
dozen families from Birbal Trace,
Centeno Trace, Sukal Trace and
Woodland mopped out water from
Vidiawatie Balkaran, who cele-
brated her 70th birthday was
among those affected. She hugged
Roopnarine and showed her dam-
"We had to move out the carpet.
All the chairs were soaked," Balka-
Cepep worker Susan Harripersad
assisted in wiping down some of
the waterlogged furniture.
At Pluck Road, caterer Bindra
Bullock said she lost a fridge and
pump when over two feet of water
entered her home.
She said a cylinder at Centeno
Street had collapsed.
"Since the last flood in August,
I have not been able to open my
barbecue shop and now this hap-
pened," Bullock said.
Roopnarine said most of the
flooding was caused by drainage
She said numerous projects were
ongoing in her constituency.
"There are two major projects
at Alta Garcia Trace and Birbal
Trace. Both projects are not yet
complete but when it is completed
it will alleviate the problems,"
"The problem has more to do
with roadside drainage rather than
rivers," she said.
Roopnarine said two pumps
were operating at the Woodland
Flood gates and the Tulsa Trace
picnic site to channel the water
Several families whose roofs were
blown off at Cap-de-ville and
Salazar Trace, Point Fortin, were
assisted by disaster management
teams of the Siparia Regional Cor-
15 trapped in 'Grande'
Meanwhile, heavy rains in San-
gre Grande left 15 families trapped
inside their homes yesterday.
The area was visited by Sangre
Grande Regional Corporation
chairman Terry Rondon who tried
to bring relief efforts to those
affected by raging flood waters.
Rondon, who described the del-
uge as terrible, said the flood vic-
tims had not yet received assis-
Many of the homes, Rondon
said, were filled with debris and
slush, which residents were clean-
Rondon said yesterday s down-
pour brought with it strong winds
which felled many trees.
Chief meteorologist Shakeer Baig
has advised of more torrential rains.
A bulletin posted by Baig said the
rainfall was because of the Inter-
Tropical Convergence Zone (ITCZ).
South people clean up,
brace for more bad weather
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Oropouche West MP Stacey Roopnarine, second left, helps clean furniture at the home of Vidiawatee
Balkaran, one of the residents affected by the flooding at San Francique Road, Penal, on Friday. Roopnarine
toured the flood affected areas. PHOTO: KRISTIAN DE SILVA
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