Public Advisory

T&TEC warns of dangers of electrocution during floods

The Trinidad and Tobago Electricity Commission (T&TEC) is advising citizens of steps they should take to avoid electrocution during flooding throughout the rainy season.

T&TEC issued guidelines via a media statement on Friday.

"In light of recent heavy rains and subsequent flooding, and the expected reoccurrence during the rest of the rainy season, the Trinidad and Tobago Electricity Commission (T&TEC) is reminding persons to take the necessary safety precautions to protect their lives and properties.

ODPM advises citizens to delay travelling due to heavy rainfall

The ODPM wishes to advise the public that due to heavy rainfall persons should delay travelling by 1-2 hours. 

The following is a press release by the ODPM:

As a result of continuous heavy rainfall, numerous areas across Trinidad continue to experience flash and riverine flooding.

 While persons are anxious to travel out of affected areas, especially in the City of Port of Spain.

Sinkhole on highway

The TTPS is advising the motoring public that a sinkhole has developed along the Southbound lane of the Sir Solomon Hochoy Highway in the vicinity of Unicomer in Freeport.

Vehicles are being diverted to the parallel road by Courts. While traffic is flowing, it is doing so slowly. The Works Ministry has been notified.

WASA says heavy rainfall affecting water treatment plants

The Water and Sewerage authority WASA says heavy rainfall over the past few hours has impacted operations at some of its water treatment plants.

In a statement, WASA says the heavy rainfall over the past 24 to 36 hours has caused it to shut down its treatment facilities in north Trinidad because of river conditions, clogged intake screens and power failures.

The authority says the affected treatment facilities are Tompire, Grand Riverie well #1, Matura, Aripo and Guanapo to name a few.

Intermit periods of rainfall and isolated thunderstorms expected for the rest of the afternoon

Trinidad and Tobago will continue to experience intermittent periods of rainfall and isolated thunderstorms for the rest of the afternoon, as scattered showers from a tropical wave moves across the southeastern Caribbean Sea today.

 Persons are encouraged to take precautionary measures in their immediate environs to reduce the impact of flooding.

Pension and other social welfare cheques should be available by August 2nd

Citizens who have not received their pension, public assistance and disability cheques should expect them by Thursday, August 2nd.

Following calls to our newsroom from members of the public, we reached out to the ministry of social development.

10 percent tax on NLCB cash prizes from today

The National Lotteries Control Board (NLCB) is advising customers that a 10 per cent tax will be deducted on total winnings per ticket over $1000 from today.

The NLCB  made the announcement via an advertisement in the newspaper today.

It stated “today lottery winnings tax starts, you always win big with NLCB,”

Aranguez, El Socorro health centres closing early today

The North West Regional Health Authority (NWRHA) is advising that the Aranguez and El Socorro Health Centres will be closed at 1 pm today, to facilitate spraying of the facilities by the Insect Vector Control Division.

The NWRHA says persons can continue to access care at any other Health Centre under the purview of the NWRHA between the hours of 8 am to 4 pm or access the San Juan Health Centre until 9 pm.

It says services will resume at the above-mentioned Health Centres on Monday at 8 am.

WASA: Water problems in Penal and environs due to electrical problem

The Water and Sewerage Authority (WASA) is advising customers in Penal and environs served by the Penal Water Treatment Plant, who are currently experiencing a disruption in their regular pipe borne water supply that this is due to electrical problems at the plant.

WASA says pepair works currently underway are expected to be completed by Saturday July 28, 2018.

Areas affected include:

WASA: Desalcott production up to 82%

The Water and Sewerage Authority (WASA) is advising that the latest update from the Desalination Company of Trinidad and Tobago (Desalcott), owner and operator of the Point Lisas Desalination Plant, is that the facility is currently operating at about 82% capacity and is currently delivering approximately 33 million gallons daily (mgd) as compared to the contracted flow of 40 mgd.

WASA says this is in keeping with their projected ramping up of production as they continue to address operational issues which arose at the facility.