Public Advisory from ODPM: Shelter in place
As a result of the Adverse Weather across Trinidad and Tobago, the Office of Disaster Preparedness and Management (ODPM) has received reports of major roadways being impacted by flooding. Persons are advised to shelter in place and delay travel until further assessments can be conducted of the roadways.
Thus far, reports has identified the following impacted roadways:
· Churchill-Roosevelt Highway in areas between between Orange Grove Road to O'meara Road, Arima;
· St Helena By-Pass Road is currently impassable;
· Eastern Main Road in the vicinity of the Detention Centre;
· Eastern Main Road in the vicinity of Thomas Trace, Arouca;
· Parts of the Southern Main Road;
· Madrass Road;
· Southern Main Road;
· Caroni Southbank Road;
· Caroni Savannah Road (south);
· Endeavour Road;
· Penal Rock Road;
· Clarke Road;
· San Francique Road.
Motorists are advised to seek alternative routes where possible and be extremely vigilant of rising flood waters. The ODPM appeals to all persons to take the necessary precautions to preserve life and property.
The ODPM wishes to advise persons to desist from driving or walking through flood waters. Vehicles do not provide adequate protection from flood waters. Vehicles can be swept away or may stall in flood waters.
The ODPM are still receiving reports and conducting assessments to determine other roadways that are impacted.
WE WISH TO UNDERSCORE THAT TRINIDAD AND TOBAGO IS NOT CURRENTLY UNDER ANY TROPICAL STORM OR HURRICANE THREAT, WATCH OR WARNING.