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Floods as high as 10 feet are keeping out disaster crews from the Mafeking area.
Calls are now being made for the T&T Coast Guard and the Defence Force to come in with boats and heavy-duty trucks to move emergency personnel.
Speaking to Guardian Media, resident Donald Sampat said it was the worst flood ever seen in the history of the village.
"Both my parents and my brother's homes are affected. We tried to put everything on higher ground but the waters still came in," he said. Most residents are unable to count their losses until the floods recede.
At Charuma, Biche and Navet, the flood waters broke through walls and toppled electrical lines. Trees fell and livestock washed away.
MP for Mayaro Rushton Paray told Guardian Media that Inner and Outer Mafeking were the worst hit areas and urgent assistance was needed from the T&T Coast Guard and the Defence Force.
Paray revealed that the top floors of people's homes were covered with floods and rescue teams from the Corporation's Disaster Management Unit were forced to stand down on Tuesday morning, because of the height of the water.
He said boats and army trucks were needed urgently to bring out security and medical personnel from the flooded communities.
"The Mafeking area is totally inundated and every community that sits along the river is under five to six feet of water. On the Naparima Mayaro Road where we were able to get some trucks traversing to move personnel yesterday, is as of this morning, unable to pass as the water is so high that Corporation trucks have had to stand down," he said.
He added: "Right now we requested through DMU to get the army trucks. We have medical and security personnel to be moved. T&TEC workers need to get to the T&TEC substations to fix areas where electrical poles are leaning."
Paray said dialysis patients have not received any dialysis for three days and some needed to be moved immediately from Mayaro to Rio Claro.
"We need support from the army now. The Disaster Management Unit personnel are trying their best but since the trucks got stuck, we cannot distribute water or food," Paray revealed.
He added: " We are doing our best with the resources we have. We are trying to get the Coast Guard which has a station nearby to lend some support. Some areas have been cut off for three days."
He said that historically there are four flood zones in Mayaro.
"Rio Claro North and South would usually flood first and when it recedes the floods come to Mayaro. This time all four zones were flooded at the same time," he explained.
He noted that the excessive rainfall, adhoc development and the narrowing of watercourses all contributed to the unusually high floods.