Couva North MP Ramona Ramdial says businesses are losing out because of Government neglect.
The MP made the statement during the opening of her sub-office along the Southern Main Road, Couva, on Monday night.
MP Ramdial said businesses in Couva continue to suffer because of the crumbling infrastructure in the area. She said when the People’s Partnership Government was in power, the drains in the area were cleaned at a cost of $1.2 million in 2012. She said the move then curbed heavy flooding.
Two million dollars have been allocated by Government to assist corporations affected by recent flooding.
In a statement issued by Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley today, the Penal / Debe Regional Corporation will receive $1 million, while Mayaro and the Barrackpore community will each receive half a million dollars.
The statement added that while assessments on the extent of damage caused by the flooding were ongoing, Government recognized the need to make funds available to provide humanitarian aid.
The T&T Meteorological Services has activated a Yellow Level Riverine Flood Alert, as at midday, today.
The Alert will remain in effect until 2:00 pm tomorrow, Thursday 12 December.
According to the Met Services team, light to moderate rainfall is expected to continue intermittently over the next several hours.
They warn that landslides and landslips are possible in areas so prone.
In addition, while the main river courses remain contained at this time, smaller rivers and/or tributaries can reach maximum capacity leading to flooding in surrounding areas.
Floodwaters have started to rise in several parts of Penal following several hours of consistent rainfall, and Chairman of the Penal/Debe Regional Corporation (PDRC), Dr Allen Sammy, expects flooding to worsen today.
He said several areas—including Scotts Road, Rock Road and Clarke Road—already have as much as three feet of water.
He said low tide is expected in the next two hours, but that will do little to alleviate the rising floods.
Dr Sammy told us PDRC teams already are on the ground, and that the region’s Disaster Management Plan has been activated.
Former UNC councillor, Khublal Paltoo, says the reason he crossed the floor to join the PNM back in October, is because forces within the UNC were working against him.
During an interview with Guardian Media earlier today, Paltoo said he was accused by the UNC of not serving his burgesses, which include St Augustine South, Piarco and St Helena.
The controversial councillor pointed to one instance where the party claimed that he did not represent the people. It was following last year's flooding.
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.