Flood waters rose in many parts of south Trinidad yesterday after several hours of heavy rainfall. Along the San Francique Main Road small trees were uprooted close to Montoute Road and the Antilles Recreation Ground turned into a murky brown lake. But while the floods quickly ran off in some areas, residents of Alta Gracia Trace, San Francique, were marooned in their homes. Resident Angela Odie said the water rose to more than four feet in front of her house and was not receding. Wading through the floods in tall rubber boots, Odie said for the past three weeks she had been unable to leave her home.
"We cannot pass here...We have to pass in the bushes up in the back to get out of here," she lamented. "All kinds of insects live in this water. We have snakes, scorpions and mosquitoes breeding here. I am fed up of this. It is affecting the children. My husband and I got dengue last year because of it." Odie said during the past year, someone who lived in the area had been backfilling the lagoons to build houses, clogging the main waterway. "This area is a natural water course for the lagoon and they blocked the drains and backfilled, so all the water from on top of the hills is coming down in my place," Odie said. Her daughter-in-law, Vashti Ramnawal, said she had been forced to abandon her house because of the floods.
She said, "I lost everything in my house and right now there is several feet of water inside. We cannot go there. The water is stagnating now and it has no place to run." Odie said she had made reports at the Siparia Regional Corporation and attempts were being made to investigate and rectify the matter. The land developer yesterday denied that the drains were blocked. At Deosaran Trace, San Francique, flood waters also rose. Resident Lalbeharry Deosaran said the flood was caused by clogged drains. Teams from the Siparia Regional Corporation were dispatched yesterday to investigate the flooding. Chairman of the Siparia Regional Corporation, Vidya Deokiesingh, was attending a meeting, but councillor for the area Ivan Sinclair said he planned to visit the flood-stricken areas before commenting.