A heavy afternoon downpour triggered flash floods in Penal and Pointe-a-Pierre yesterday.
The rains started after 2 pm and within one hour, floods started to rise near Penal Convent at Oliverie Drive, Clarke Road and Penal Rock Road.
At Dabiedial Road, off the Penal Rock Road, several cars stalled in the water. School children were carried bodily while other motorists parked on the roadside waiting for the floods to subside.
A resident who requested anonymity said a police officer had blocked the main watercourse because he did not want surface water to flow at the side of his property.
“There are about 10 houses here that get flooded out every time it rains. We have made reports to the Penal/Debe Regional Corporation and we want them to clear the drains,” the resident said.
She explained that since the watercourse was diverted, areas that traditionally did not flood were now getting up to two feet of water.
Councillor Shanti Boodram and Diptee Ramnath toured several of the flood-stricken areas yesterday.
Contacted for comment, Chairman of the Penal/Debe Regional Corporation Dr Allen Sammy said he was thankful that the floods subsided quickly.
He said there was also a report of flooding at Chester Street in Debe and crews from the Disaster Management team were on hand to lend assistance.
Meanwhile, at Pointe-a-Pierre Road, there was some flooding near the refinery. However, this too quickly subsided.
Around 3.57 pm, a yellow level adverse weather alert was discontinued.
Forecasters said the threat of significant impacts had passed although a few intervals of showers were expected overnight.
The Office of Disaster Management also issued a bulletin advising caution.
“Persons living or commuting along the river bank are advised to monitor the conditions and take precautionary measures to safeguard life and property. If in the area, get to higher ground. Wait until the floodwater subsides. Use alternative routes, where possible,” the ODPM said.
Flooding was also reported at Maraval, along the Couva Main Road and in Diego Martin.