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Ministry closes Mosquito Creek, Mayaro roads

Published: 
Sunday, October 22, 2017

The Ministry of Works yesterday closed part of the Manzanilla/Mayaro Road, while the National Infrastructure Development Company Limited (Nidco) presented alternate routes for motorists as a result of flood waters in various parts of the country.

In a release, the ministry advised the public that the Manzanilla/Mayaro Road between LP#1235 (68km) to the bridge at the 72km, will be CLOSED to low vehicles yesterday, due to rising flood waters. Drivers were advised to use the Cunapo Southern Road via Plum Mitan Road, if trying to access Rio Claro and environs.

Higher vehicles were still allowed access to the Manzanilla/Mayaro Road.

In south Trinidad, as motorists found the Mosquito Creek almost impassable due to floods, Nidco advised the travelling public of persistent flood waters that have not subsided further to Friday’s advisory on the roadway along South Trunk Road, La Romaine.

Motorists using the flooded roadway were advised to proceed with caution or use recommended alternate routes.

South Western Division police said that by 9 am, the wall separating the sea from the road was no longer visible, causing several brave motorists to stall in the water. Luckily they were assisted by trucks. Commuters told of the fear that overcame them while trying to pass through the creek. Many of them said it felt like they would be washed away in the ocean.

The alternative route through Woodland was also blocked as water from the rivers and lagoons spilled onto Pluck Road. The other alternative was an estimated two-and-a-half-hour long drive through the SS Erin Road.

The continuous rainfall over the last three days has resulted in the overflowing of the Godineau River, which created a new channel that has impacted the Mosquito Creek roadway.

Conditions further deteriorated by spring tide occurrences on Friday.

Nidco identified a low area in the exiting embankment causing the ingress of water and mitigation works are underway.

The ongoing exercise will make the pumping and de-watering operations more effective, making the roadway fully accessible by midday today.

Flooding was reported in Central and south Trinidad and parts of the East-West corridor.