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Drivers stuck in traffic jam as the ‘Creek’ floods
Drivers were stuck in traffic for hours yesterday along Mosquito Creek which was flooded due to a combination of high tide and construction work to extend the Solomon Hochoy Highway to Point Fortin. T&T Guardian was bombarded with calls from angry motorists who blamed the high tide, the construction work or a combination of both for the flood. A portion of the mangrove which runs parallel to road was cleared to make way for the highway. On the other side of the road is the Gulf of Paria. Drivers who were familiar with the route were using back roads, where possible, to get to their destinations.
A driver said: “We stuck here over an hour. In some parts of the road the water reaching the headlights. You can’t even see the drains or the white line on the road. Tyres, garbage and even the wire mesh that they are putting the materials on to build on the road floating in the water.” Even one of the excavator they using on the construction site looking like it sinking in the water." Another driver said: “This going on since Friday, why can’t they do something about it.”
In telephone interview, National Infrastructure Development Company Ltd (Nidco) president Dr Carson Charles said he was aware of the situation. “I was there yesterday and there was traffic jam. Our engineers are speaking with the contractors and consultants to see how they could resolve this.” He explained that it was a combination of the high tide and the water not flowing through the sluice gate fast enough. “Instead the water seems to have its way either through the bank or over it.” Charles, however, was confident that the situation would be rectified. “They will find a solution I am sure,” he said.
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