The Ministry of Rural Development and Local Government said responders are active and on alert as the country buckles down to prepare for heavy showers and possible flash flooding due to an Active Tropical Wave.
The alert is in effect from 5am Wednesday (September 21) until 8pm Thursday (September 22).
Showers and isolated thunderstorms, at times heavy, are expected from Wednesday morning over oceanic waters and extending across Trinidad and Tobago.
In an update the Ministry said following the alert issued by the Trinidad and Tobago Meteorological Service, a meeting was held involving Minister of Rural Development and Local Government Faris Al-Rawi, Public Utilities Minister Marvin Gonzalves, National Security Minister Fitzgerald Hinds and Minister of Works and Transport Rohan Sinanan on the issue of preparedness.
The Ministry said a meeting was also held with the Chairmen, Chief Executive Officers and Disaster Management Units (DMU) of all 14 Municipal Corporations.
The Minister also coordinated with WASA, T&TEC, Trinidad and Tobago Defense Force, Trinidad and Tobago Municipal Police Service, National Quarries Company Limited and SWMCOL.
The Ministry said at these meetings a call was made to engage all preparatory procedures in anticipation of the potential for adverse weather.
The Ministry said this call included ascertaining the status and readiness of all assests in each corporation needed for relief efforts as well as identifying areas of concern that can cause flooding.
The public is encouraged to reach out and communicate with the DMUs of all 14 Corporations to report issues that may lead to blockage of roadways and water courses and/or which may pose a risk to life and property.
Members of the public are also reminded to approach their respective Corporations for sandbags if necessary.
Please see below for DMU hotline listing:
Arima 800-2ABC (2222) Chaguanas 800-DCBC (3222)
Couva/Tabaquite/Talparo 800-CTTC (2882) Diego Martin 800-DMRC (3672)
Mayaro/Rio Claro 800-4MRC (4672) Penal/Debe 800-PDRC (7372)
Point Fortin 800-PFBC (7322) Port-of-Spain 800-PSCC (7722)
Princes Town 800-PTRC (7872) San Fernando 800-SCDU (7238)
San Juan/Laventille 800-SLRC (7572) Sangre Grande 800-SGRC (7472)
Siparia 800-4SRC (4772) Tunapuna/Piarco 800-TPRC (8772)
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