Floods Continue To Cause Chaos In Trinidad & Tabago. PDF | Print | E-mail
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Tuesday, 18 October 2011 12:36

A third day of flooding continued to wreak havoc in Bamboo Settlement, Spring Village and St Helena in the constituencies of St Augustine and Caroni which were among the areas severely affected by heavy showers over the weekend.

As clean up operations continued along the East-West corridor and other flood affected areas, most of Bamboo Settlement and St Helena remained under three to five feet of water, resulting in residents from Bamboo Settlement and St Helena having to be relocated to nearby shelters. 

Twenty-five residents from Temple Street, Bamboo Settlement were being housed in a temple and mosque in the area as their homes were flooded. 

The residents of Bamboo Settlement said they were concerned about their health as flood waters from the St Joseph and San Juan rivers remained stagnant and a foul odour was emanating from the settled water. 

To the western side of the Caroni River, two out of the three pumps installed in the area for pumping water into the Caroni River, were not functioning and as a result two pumps normally used for agricultural purposes, were being put to use to rid the area of the flood waters. The residents noted that these pumps were inadequate since it could take days to remove the amount of water that had settled. Farmer Ragoonath Disnath said he lost thousand of dollars as his melongene, pepper and cucumber crops were destroyed by the flood waters. Other agricultural plots could be seen covered in flood waters when Newsday visited the area. The residents said they are fearful of what may happen if the rain continues to fall since the Caroni River was on the verge of bursting its bank on their side. 

Ministers Dr Glenn Ramadharsingh and Dr Lincoln Douglas of the Ministry of the People and Social Development and Congress of the People Leader and Minister of Legal Affairs Prakash Ramadhar toured the flooded areas in Bamboo Settlement # 2, including Temple Street which was adversely affected. 

The ministers in boots, boarded pick-up vans in the three feet of water on the streets to ascertain the level of damage done by the flood. 

Ramadhar expressed his gratitude to members of the community who reached out and gave assistance to those affected. He said there are plans to have school feeding kitchens prepare meals for those who were unable to cook because they were adversely affected by the flood waters. 

Ramadharsingh said although the situation was “terrible”, his ministry was seeking the assistance of other ministries. He said the area will have to be sprayed and mobile clinics will have to be set up due to the condition of some homes which were affected by the flood waters. Additionally, Ramadharsingh said fire officers, army personnel, CEPEP and URP have been commissioned to lend assistance in flood affected areas. 

Meanwhile, although the North Coast Road, Maracas has reopened, work continues to contain the landslip which occurred on Saturday. When Newsday visited the site yesterday, workmen and a backhoe could be seen clearing some of the rubble which continued to fall as a result of the landslip. One of the men said efforts were being slowed down since they were awaiting an excavator to remove loose soil off the mountain. Officials from the Meteorological Office said more rain is expected as the country was under the Inter-Tropical Convergence Zone. 

Isolated thunder showers are expected for the next 24 hours and the Meteorological Office said they will continue to maintain a flood bulletin. The Eastern Indoor Sporting Complex has been utlised as a temporary emergency shelter by the Tunapuna Piarco Regional Corporation (TPRC) for persons who were displaced by the flooding over the weekend.