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.

No new homes for HDC Greenvale flood victims

While the Hous­ing De­vel­op­ment Cor­po­ra­tion (HDC) is not con­sid­er­ing re­lo­cat­ing Green­vale res­i­dents who were hit by the Oc­to­ber floods, some res­i­dents have al­so with­drawn re­lo­ca­tion re­quests be­cause of flood mit­i­ga­tion pro­grammes.

Hous­ing Min­is­ter Ed­mund Dil­lon made both points in the Sen­ate on Mon­day. He was ques­tioned by the Op­po­si­tion con­cern­ing the sit­u­a­tion with HDC’s 634 Green­vale de­vel­op­ment res­i­dents who were se­vere­ly af­fect­ed by the Oc­to­ber floods.

Work ongoing to prevent repeat of Greenvale mess

Min­is­ter of Works and Trans­port Ro­han Sinanan has said his Min­istry is work­ing to en­sure that last year's dev­as­tat­ing flood­ing at the Hous­ing De­vel­op­ment Cor­po­ra­tion's Green­vale hous­ing de­vel­op­ment does not hap­pen again.

Many Green­vale res­i­dents, who oc­cu­py hous­ing units and apart­ments south of La Hor­quet­ta, are still re­build­ing in the wake of last year dis­as­ter.

Sev­er­al res­i­dents have aban­doned their homes while oth­ers are wary the next rainy sea­son could spell dan­ger.