Schools affected by flooding to remain closed

The Ministry of Education has stated only schools that have been affected by the rains and those that are being used as shelters will be closed.

In a press release today,  the Education Minister issued a call for parents and students to be vigilant during these rains.

Looters strike in Greenvale

Na­tion­al Se­cu­ri­ty Min­is­ter Stu­art Young is warn­ing loot­ers that they will face the full brunt of the law if caught steal­ing items from flood vic­tims.

His com­ments came dur­ing a tour of flood-raved Green­vale, La Hor­quet­ta, hours ago, fol­low­ing com­plaints by scores of res­i­dents hit hard by the flood­ing that loot­ers had cart­ed away their be­long­ings last night while they were re­lo­cat­ed to shel­ters

CAL still hit by domestic disruptions

More Caribbean Air­lines do­mes­tic flights con­tin­ue to be dis­rupt­ed by the ad­verse weath­er con­di­tions at both Pi­ar­co and Arthur NR Robin­son In­ter­na­tion­al Air­ports.

Pas­sen­gers try­ing to get to the air­port in Trinidad have been un­able to pass through flood­ed routes.

Caribbean Air­lines, in a state­ment ear­li­er to­day, said all af­fect­ed pas­sen­gers are be­ing ac­com­mo­dat­ed on al­ter­na­tive flights.

In ad­di­tion, the air­line said it will be­gin to op­er­ate a jet ser­vice from 1.45 pm to­day to clear the back­log of pas­sen­gers.

Young: No flood-related deaths recorded

There are no re­ports of fa­tal­i­ties as a re­sult of the flood­ing in some parts of Trinidad, Na­tion­al Se­cu­ri­ty Min­is­ter Stu­art Young has said.

Young made the state­ment dur­ing a press con­fer­ence his min­istry a short while ago, as re­ports of one dead in Greenville, La Hor­quet­ta, be­gan be­ing cir­cu­lat­ed on so­cial me­dia.

CoP warns drivers to avoid Uriah Butler Highway

Po­lice Com­mis­sion­er Gary Grif­fith is warn­ing mo­torists to avoid roads and high­ways be­tween the Munroe Road Fly­over in Ch­agua­nas head­ing north and Grand Bazaar, Val­sayn, head­ing south, since they are now im­pass­able due to high wa­ter lev­els.

In an ad­vi­so­ry sent out just be­fore mid­day, Grif­fith said of­fi­cers from the T&T Po­lice Ser­vice are on the scene to main­tain or­der and pro­vide sup­port where nec­es­sary.

Adverse weather to continue

Weather forecast courtesy the TTMS for the period this afternoon and tonight.

Cloudy to overcast with frequent periods of light to moderate showers or rain over broad areas.

Some of these showers can become heavy and thundery.

Conditions should gradually settle from evening with lingering showers overnight of which some can become heavy or thundery.


Adverse Weather Alert In Effect: Orange Level! Riverine Flood Alert In Effect: Red Level!

Rowley: A national disaster

Prime Min­is­ter Dr Kei­th Row­ley has de­clared the flood­ing which has hits var­i­ous parts of the coun­try a na­tion­al dis­as­ter.

In a state­ment post­ed on so­cial me­dia a short while ago from St He­le­na, his sec­ond stop on a tour of the most rav­aged ar­eas, Row­ley said, “This is a na­tion­al dis­as­ter, the flood­ing is quite wide­spread and quite se­vere and it is go­ing to cost a lot of mon­ey to bring re­lief to peo­ple who have been af­fect­ed. Notwith­stand­ing what­ev­er short­ages we are ex­pe­ri­enc­ing, we will have to find the re­sources to help.”

UWI closed today

The University of the West Indies has been closed today due to high flooding.

The following is the full statement from Camous officials:

Given limited mobility across the country due to high flooding, please be advised that The UWI St. Augustine Campus has been closed today, Saturday October 20th, 2018. Consequently, all classes for today are also cancelled. 

Minister of Education calls on principals to open schools in areas affected by flooding

Minister of Education Anthony Garcia has issued an urgent call to principals of primary and seconday schools in La Horquetta, Maloney and Arima to report to their schools so they can be used as emergency shelters.

Upward of two thousand (2000) persons have been displaced within these communities and immediate assistance is needed.

The Ministry of Education is in contact with the Ministry of  Local Government and Rural Development to see what support is needed and where shelters can be provided.