Govt moves further on national plan for floods, climate change

While en­dors­ing the need for a "na­tion­al con­ver­sa­tion" on peren­ni­al flood­ing, a re­lease from the Min­istry of Plan­ning and De­vel­op­ment has in­di­cat­ed that the Town and Coun­try Plan­ning Di­vi­sion (TCPD) has tak­en fur­ther steps to cre­ate Spa­tial Plan­ning Guide­lines to guide na­tion­al de­vel­op­ment ac­tiv­i­ties for Cli­mate Change Adap­ta­tion and Flood-prone ar­eas.

Storm brings month’s worth of rain in one day

Al­most an en­tire month’s worth of rain fell in T&T be­tween Sat­ur­day evening and yes­ter­day.

This was con­firmed by Min­is­ter of Pub­lic Util­i­ties Robert Le Hunte dur­ing a press con­fer­ence at the Min­istry of Na­tion­al Se­cu­ri­ty’s Tem­ple Court yes­ter­day af­ter­noon.

Prepare for flooding

Parts of Trinidad and Tobago can expect flooding over the next two days.

This is according to CNC3 News weather anchor Kalain Hosein, who said heavy rainfall is forecast across both islands although the most intense rainfall is expected over the northern parts of Trinidad. 

These areas include the East/West corridor, Caroni River basin and Oropouche River basin.

Over the last four hours, parts of northern Trinidad have experienced 25-50 millimetres of rainfall. 

People who live or work in these areas are advised to take the necessary precautions. 

ODPM CEO: Minimal flooding during recent rains

Al­though the coun­try re­ceived some of the heav­i­est rains so far for this year’s rainy sea­son over the past few days, CEO of the Of­fice for Dis­as­ter Pre­pared­ness and Man­age­ment (ODPM) Cpt Neville Wint said there were min­i­mum re­ports of flood­ing dur­ing these show­ers.

How­ev­er, he con­firms they have re­ceived re­ports of flood­ing in Ari­ma, Tu­na­puna, Siparia and parts of Ch­agua­nas.

Fear grips Greenvale residents

News of the of­fi­cial start of the 2019 rainy sea­son res­ur­rect­ed fear among Green­vale res­i­dents, who were dis­placed af­ter last year’s cat­a­stroph­ic floods.

Last Oc­to­ber, over 400 res­i­dents’ homes in Green­vale, La Hor­quet­ta, were in­un­dat­ed with wa­ter fol­low­ing heavy and per­sis­tent rain­fall ac­tiv­i­ty. Ar­guably, it was the com­mu­ni­ty most im­pact­ed at the time.

PM pledges no more flooding in Greenvale

Six months af­ter res­i­dents of Green­vale, La Hor­quet­ta, suf­fered wide­spread flood­ing in their com­mu­ni­ty, Prime Min­is­ter Dr Kei­th Row­ley yes­ter­day gave the as­sur­ance that such dis­as­ter will nev­er hap­pen again.

Row­ley’s com­ments came af­ter he toured the hous­ing de­vel­op­ment, which was ad­verse­ly af­fect­ed by flood­ing fol­low­ing heavy and per­sis­tent show­ers on Oc­to­ber 19, 2018.

The PM al­so viewed works on the sec­ond phase of the $400 mil­lion Cu­mu­to to Man­zanil­la High­way which was award­ed to Kall­co in 2017.

Lessons learnt from Greenvale disaster

Min­is­ter of Na­tion­al Se­cu­ri­ty Stu­art Young has said the Green­vale dis­as­ter has proved a ma­jor les­son for this coun­try con­cern­ing its ap­proach to dis­as­ter prepa­ra­tion.

The Min­is­ter ad­mit­ted that there were nu­mer­ous chal­lenges which came to the fore­front when flood wa­ters rose sud­den­ly last Oc­to­ber leav­ing scores of res­i­dents in dan­ger.

He was speak­ing at the open­ing cer­e­mo­ny for the Na­tion­al Dis­as­ter Pre­pared­ness Base­line As­sess­ment Work­shop at the Hilton Trinidad on Wednes­day.