Home' Trinidad and Tobago Guardian : November 17th 2014 Contents Heavy rains and rising flood waters yesterday
led to the collapse of a large portion of the Man-
zanilla/Mayaro Main Road, cutting off the already
flood-ravaged Mayaro area.
Last night the road remained cordoned off with
police barriers placed across the roadway to prevent
motorists from driving on the remaining portion
of the road.
The Ministry of Works and Infrastructure, in a
release yesterday, advised the public that the road
had been closed until further notice.
"This closure is due to the structural breaches
that occurred as a result of the inclement weather
experienced today (yesterday)," the release said.
Yesterday, the two-lane road, which is the main
artery between Mayaro and Sangre Grande, was
reduced to one lane as flood waters undermined
and washed large chunks of asphalt onto the nearby
The ministry release, which was issued by Direc-
tor of Highways Roger Ganesh, advised motorists
to use Rio Claro and the Cunapo Southern Main
Road as alternative routes. It said an assesment of
the damage with a view to beginning repairs will
be conducted today.
The ministry also "strongly cautions against cit-
izens journeying to the area to take photographs
or obtain a firsthand view of the incident."
Last night, CNC3 reported that relief crews on
their way to render assistance to flood-affected
Mayaro residents were forced to turn back and use
an alternative route because of the collapsed road-
way, which is located one mile away from the Man-
zanilla beach facility.
The damage, which was reportedly observed by
residents around 10 pm on Saturday, began at light-
pole 207 and continues for a quarter of a mile.
The T&T Guardian understands that Office of
Disaster Preparedness and Management (ODPM)
chairman Dr Stephen Ramroop has raised the emer-
gency level to level two following the collapse of
the roadway and the rising floodwaters.
Yesterday, Mayaro MP Winston" Gypsy" Peters,
in CNC3 interview, said the road is impassable.
He said the community of Cedar Grove in Mayaro
is only accessible by boat.
Works Minister Dr Suruj Rambachan also told
CNC3 the damage to the road was extensive and
that Works Ministry staff were to visit the scene
and assess the damage. He said repair works should
begin today once the weather permits.
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The painstaking clean-up exercise has
begun for most flood-affected residents
of Mafeking, Mayaro, as most of the flood
waters receded from the roadway yester-
However, Mayaro/Rio Claro Regional Cor-
poration chairman Hazarie Ramdeen said
many residents were still marooned in their
Ramdeen, speaking with the T&T
Guardian yesterday, said the corporation,
with the assistance of Mayaro MP Winston
"Gypsy" Peters, the Eastern Regional Health
Authority and Coast Guard, had worked
tirelessly to provide the much needed relief
to the affected residents.
Peters, he said, met with marooned res-
idents in Cedar Grove, all of whom were
unable to leave their homes since Thursday
because of the flood waters. He said Peters,
using a boat, delivered hampers, water and
other items to the affected residents. Calls
to Peters s cellphone went unanswered yes-
Ramdeen said in the dark situation the
one silver lining for Mayaro was that the
community came together to help each other
in their time of need.
"There are residents who are still
marooned in some instances. The water
went down and the road is very, very clear
and anything could pass.
"However, we have another problem
where the road in Manzanilla has been cut
off. We have had corporation trucks running
up and down the road taking people in and
out of Mayaro. Boat owners have come for-
ward to help us deliver relief to residents
at no cost," Ramdeen said.
Kervon Hughes, captain of one of the
boats being used in the relief efforts, said
he and his crew opted to help fellow residents
because the flooding situation was bad.
"We took my boat up to second village
in Cedar Grove to get food and water to the
people and it have about 75 people that
could not come out the house. People were
swimming in the flood waters to come and
meet us to get help.
"It was really a terrible situation," Hughes
He commended the corporation for work-
ing feverishly to assist the residents ravaged
by the flood waters.
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Residents get some relief after floods
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Yesterday, a medical team from the East-
ern Regional Health Authority, led by CEO
Ameena Ali, together with deputy chairman
Sandeep Maharaj, toured the area and pro-
vided medical supplies to residents.
Health Minister Dr Fuad Khan, speaking
by telephone, said a mobile clinic had been
set up in Mayaro to treat with any medical
situations in the area.
He said the ERHA had also put systems
in place for the transport of food item,
pharmaceuticals and necessary drugs for
residents who are stranded and cannot get
"There were some people who lost their
gluco-metres and diabetic devices in the
actual flood itself," Khan said.
"So we were able to give them new ones
with strips et cetera. I also learnt that the
patients who were supposed to have dial-
ysis, and according to reports, they could
not get it, were dialysed on Saturday."
Maharaj said the Mayaro and Rio Claro
health centres will be open 24 hours and
will have a doctor and nurse available to
provide medical assistance to residents
who may require treatment. He also said
arrangements have been made for patients
requiring specialised services, such as dial-
ysis, to be taken to the Sangre Grande hos-
Yesterday, the Manzanilla road was cor-
doned off after a large portion collapsed
under the pressure of flood waters. Maharaj
said arrangements have been made to trans-
port patients using the Biche to Sangre
Grande road for medical emergencies.
Ramdeen said the corporation s cesspool
trucks also started cleaning tanks in the
Mayaro area and public health/insect vector
control personnel will be spraying and sani-
tising the area.
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