Schools closed tomorrow but Government offices and business open
Minister of National Security and Minister in the Office of the Prime Minister Stuart Young announced that all schools will be closed tomorrow but Government offices and businesses will be opened.
Earlier this afternoon, 22 September 2019, the Metrological Office of Trinidad and Tobago discontinued the Tropical Storm warning and downgraded the adverse weather alert from red to orange.
However, a red level warning is in effect for Riverine Flooding and further rainfall is expected.
The Beetham Community Centre has been activated as an emergency shelter and over 50 people are currently being housed there. According to Minister Young, the Fire Services also rescued some people in Mt. Lambert. He told a media conference at 4:00 p.m today, 22 September 2019 that other arms of National Security are on standby to assist if needed.
The Minister of Works and Transport Rohan Sinanan confirmed that Maraval, San Juan, St. Joseph and Diego Martin rivers have burst their banks and warned that other rivers are at peak levels.
Over 20,000 sandbags have been distributed to flood prone areas, said the Minister of Rural Development and Local Government Kazim Hosein. He said there have been reports of fallen trees in Embacadere, Radix Cemetery, St Joseph, Tunapuna and Toco. He assured that the disaster management unit (DMUs) are out assisting by T&TEC to clear trees.
Landslips have been reported in Cocorite and La Seiva
Minister Young pleaded with citizens not to venture out of their homes unless it is absolutely necessary. He warned of the dangers of driving through flood waters and expressed dismay that many citizens ventured out of their homes and into flood waters to take pictures or videos of the flood.
Both him and the Minister of Public Utilities Robert Le Hunte stressed the need to avoid walking through flood waters as you may be exposed to electrocution and diseases.
Minister Le Hunte said T&TEC is working tirelessly to restore electricity to affected areas in Trinidad and Tobago.