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AND MELISSA DOUGHTY
Some Diego Martin and Petit
Valley residents are calling for a
major engineering overhaul to
address repeated flooding in the
When the T&T Guardian visited
Pinewood Gardens, Chuma
Monka, Petit Valley, Jean Avenue
and Diego Martin Main Road yes-
terday, residents were cleaning
flooded homes and washing streets
caked with mud and debris.
Although many had put meas-
ures in place to mitigate the impact
of heavy flooding after last year,
many, such as the Sutherlands of
Pinewood Gardens, said something
drastically needed to be done.
Allison and Ben Sutherland s
home was flooded once again. But,
after putting in floodgates last year,
the family was spared the brunt
of yesterday s heavy rain. Three
feet of water engulfed the porch,
as opposed to the waist-high water
which flooded their entire home
and destroyed their cars in 2012.
The couple s daughter Linda De
Oliveira said a major engineering
overhaul could prevent persistent
flooding in the area.
"It wasn t as bad last night, but
why is this happening?" she asked.
The water, she said, came from
a westerly direction after pouring
through a broken wall, which fell
down last year during heavy rains,
and which has not been repaired.
De Oliveira said after last year s
clean-up she did not believe any-
thing really was done to rectify the
main cause of the problem. She
identified building on nearby hills
as a contributory factor.
"You cut the hill, what is going
to hold the water on the hill when
the rain falls?" she said.
She said there were no houses
on the hill when she was a child
many years ago, whereas today
there are dozens. Officials have
been dredging rivers and cleaning,
she said, but individuals also have
to be responsible and not throw
rubbish in the rivers and drains.
At Chuma Monka, Jeffrey Char-
iandy said the regional authority
was not taking the situation seri-
"This is the second time this
year," he complained.
"They were supposed to put in
retaining walls. They re lapsing,
they re not cleaning the river prop-
"Everybody is scared. When it
rains they can t sleep at night."
The worst damage done to
houses and property was along
Jean Avenue, where residents piled
sodden furniture outside their
Cindy-Anne Callender showed
her family s possessions: a laptop,
printer, shoes, clothes and even
her daughter s schoolbooks, caked
in mud, in her front yard. Callender
and her husband slept through the
early part of the night and woke
at 2 am. When they stepped out
of their bed they found themselves
knee-high in water.
A 32-year-old, who according to
police was a drug dealer, was shot
dead at his Arouca home on Thurs-
Robert Marine was found at the
side of his home at the corner of
Albert Street and Waterloo Road,
Arouca, a little over six hours after
his neighbours reported hearing loud
Investigators said shortly after 11.30
pm on Thursday, residents heard the
gunshots, but they did not contact
police immediately as they believed
it might have been thunder or fire-
Around 6.20 am yesterday, a res-
ident was walking along Albert Street,
when he saw Marine lying face down
at the southern side of his house.
Marine was pronounced dead on
the scene. Homicide detectives said
he had been shot several times in the
chest and abdomen. Marine lived with
his mother and father.
Police said Marine had a lengthy
criminal record for drug-possession
offences. His murder has been clas-
sified as drug-related.
Insp Wayne Baptiste and detectives
of the Region Two Homicide Bureau
are probing Marine s murder.
Meanwhile, two men remain hos-
pitalised after two shootings in east
Port-of-Spain and Laventille on
Around 5.10 pm, Oboi Pereira, 27,
of Coconut Drive, Morvant, was shot
in his right shin while standing at the
corner of Queen and Nelson Streets
Almost two hours later, 20-year-
old Naim Grant was shot in the right
ankle while walking near his Desperlie
Crescent, Laventille, home.
Both men were treated and
remained warded up to late yesterday.
Investigations are continuing.
Two technicians suffered burns
in a chemical explosion at the Uni-
versity of the West Indies, St Augus-
tine campus yesterday.
The incident occurred around 11.15
am at the petroleum lab of the
Caribbean Industrial Research Insti-
tute (Cariri) while the technicians
were working with oil samples.
The two injured employees, a man
and a woman, were taken for treat-
ment at the nearby Eric Williams
Medical Sciences Complex. The
woman was discharged after being
treated and the man was warded.
In a brief telephone interview yes-
terday, campus principal Prof Clement
Sankat commended the quick
response of health and safety per-
sonnel and other staff after the explo-
sion, saying UWI s health and safety
team responded within 15 minutes.
Sankat said he was told Cariri was
carrying out routine testing on a
petroleum project, but "this one just
He said he hoped the research insti-
tute would be able to recover quickly
from the first-time incident. He said
even though Cariri was an independ-
ent body, UWI would always lend
support where it could.
At the scene, Irma Burkett, corpo-
rate communications officer, said it
was the first such event in 40 years.
Burkett said two technicians, whose
identities were not revealed, from the
petroleum testing laboratory were
doing analyses of crude oil samples
according to standard operating pro-
For a reason still to be determined
in the upcoming investigation, she
said a sample ignited and caused the
explosion, injuring the two techni-
Burket said the fire was small and
was contained inside the building,
but there was a lot of smoke.
Operations were affected as the lab
was closed for the rest of the day.
Burkett said the safety officer as
well as the fire service would inves-
tigate what caused the explosion.
She said all staff members were
praying for the recovery of the injured
technicians and were thankful that
nothing worse had happened.
Drug dealer shot dead in Arouca
Two techs injured in UWI explosion
Aftermath of Diego Martin flooding...
Residents call for
A Patna Village resident
disposes of debris after
widespread flooding in the
area early yesterday morning.
PHOTO: ANDY HYPOLITE
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