Police Commissioner Gary Griffith says the police will continue to monitor vehicular traffic as the floods slowly recede. He assured that traffic arrangements were put in place so that by 3 pm today, when the traffic from north to south picks up again, there will be no gridlocks.
"We plan to clear both the north and southbound carriageways totally for the flow of traffic by 3 pm," he said.
He denied that the flooding caused a bottleneck earlier today.
"This morning everything is running smoothly. It was one of the clearest days for traffic," he said.
Griffith also disputed reports that people had stayed away from the capital city, noting "Between 4 am to 6 am there was four times the number of vehicles on the roads than usual.
"It seems that people who had work to do in Port-of-Spain came out earlier than normal so people were not caught in the usual gridlock from 6 am to 8 am. Many people came out earlier so they were able to beat the traffic which flowed smoothly along the Beetham and the Churchill Roosevelt highways," Griffith explained.
He said the teams from the Ministry of Works were also trying to facilitate the run-off of the remaining floods.
However, in the event the southbound carriageway is still flooded by afternoon, Griffith says he had a traffic plan in place to prevent any gridlock.
"We plan to allow SUVs and trucks a free flow on the southbound lane of the Uriah Butler Highway and all light vehicles will have a slight shift on the northbound lane before they get back on the southbound lane just after the Overpass," Griffith revealed.
He noted that major roads in St Helena and Greenvale were still impassable.
"We have a lot of debris on the streets and silt which is blocking the road. Teams are at this time washing down roads and clearing any blockages," Griffith added.
He also urged the public not to be bothered by the few rumour mongers who were spreading the fake news to alarm the country.
"I have been getting hourly reports from the Operation Command Centre with updated information from every police station, including all the hard-hit areas in the western, northern and south-western areas and there has not been any official report of looting. We have had no reports of fatalities and no reports of drownings or missing people. These rumours are being spread by a few people who are trying to make themselves important and we know who they are," he said.
Source TT Guardian: https://bit.ly/2yUUlCT