Caroni Police Station cut off

Tu­na­puna/Pi­ar­co Re­gion­al Cor­po­ra­tion chair­man Paul Lea­cock says he is or­gan­is­ing to get re­lief sup­plies to of­fi­cers of the Ca­roni Po­lice Sta­tion, who have been cut off by flood wa­ters.

He said he has re­ceived thou­sands of re­ports fol­low­ing the mas­sive flood­ing caused by heavy rains in the last 48 hours.

Lea­cock was out with mem­bers of staff col­lect­ing re­lief items at the TPRC's of­fice on Cen­te­nary Street hours ago.

He said the TPRC has arranged for food to be sent to strand­ed of­fi­cers at the Ca­roni sta­tion.

"Right now we have a truck head­ing to Ca­roni Po­lice Sta­tion to re­move the spe­cial po­lice dogs. Plus we have some of­fi­cers who were not able to leave the sta­tion since last night, so we're try­ing to get some meals to them."

He said he was pleased with the re­sponse

"Peo­ple like you have been walk­ing off the street and do­nat­ing to us, items that we could share with our burgess­es who are def­i­nite­ly un­der pres­sure based on the im­pact of the in­clement weath­er. So a lot of these are my mem­bers of staff and their rel­a­tives and friends who vol­un­teered are out here," Lea­cock told Guardian Me­dia.

How­ev­er, Lea­cock ad­mit­ted that re­lief work was de­layed due to the slow runoff of wa­ter. He said in Greenville, this was par­tic­u­lar­ly wor­ry­ing as in some places it ac­tu­al­ly rose.

"We knew the wa­ter would take some time to run off, but it is ac­tu­al­ly in­creas­ing, it ac­tu­al ris­ing," said Lea­cock.

"In Greenville right where we thought the wa­ter was drop­ping, it start­ed to rise up again."

Lea­cock said po­lit­i­cal sci­en­tist Pro­fes­sor John Le Guerre and Pro­fes­sor Ann-Marie Bisses­sar were among some of the peo­ple who had re­port­ed they were strand­ed in their homes. He said sev­er­al busi­ness­es in the area of­fered as­sis­tance while the Cadet Mess of­fered to cook meals for those af­fect­ed, while the Tu­na­puna Cham­ber of Com­merce bought meals to pro­vide to those in need.




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