UPDATE: Flash Floods Sweep Away Vehicle In South Trinidad

One man was rescued from his vehicle along the San Fernando By-pass between South Park and Marabella on Friday afternoon as flash floods swept his vehicle off the roadway, while an elderly woman was rescued as her vehicle stalled nearby.

Officers attached to the Trinidad and Tobago Fire Service rescued 24-year-old Timothy Mohammed, the sole male occupant of a Nissan B13 vehicle that was stuck on the banks of a major stream that runs through Tarouba.

Nearby, an elderly woman identified as Myrtle Benjamin was stuck in her stalled minivan and also had to be rescued from the rising flash flooding.

The roadway remained impassable for up to an hour while the Vistabella River remained outside of its banks.

Strong afternoon thunderstorms dumped heavy rainfall across the western half of Trinidad, with street and flash flooding across San Fernando, Marabella, Vistabella, Tarouba, Gasparillo, Couva, Gran Couva, Pleasantville, Cocoyea, Harmony Hall, Caratal, Tortuga, and Arouca.

According to the Office of Disaster Preparedness and Management, there were multiple reports of residential flooding across Marabella, including Mootoo Street and Montique; Gasparillo, including Beadue Street and Thompson Road; Third Street, Harmony Hall, and across Pleasantville; Cocoyea; as well as Dundonald Street and Vistabella Road, San Fernando. A tree also fell along Pointe-a-Pierre Road, near the Augustus Long Hospital.

Significant flooding also affected major roadways like the Solomon Hochoy Highway, with all lanes inundated at the Tarouba interchange and southbound lanes affected at the Couva interchange.

Flooding was also reported across the City of San Fernando, with Scotts Street becoming impassable. Flooding at Rushworth Street stranded employees at the NP Gas Station.

Flood waters also inundated the Southern Main Road in Marabella, Forres Park, Claxton Bay and rendered the Guaracara Tabaquite Intersection with the Harmony Hall Road impassable to all vehicles.

Just over a week ago, on August 25th, one man was killed following major flash flooding across parts of Trinidad. Heavy afternoon thunderstorms caused floods across north, central and southern Trinidad after midday on Thursday, but parts of Princes Town and Barrackpore remain the hardest hit.

There are no alerts, watches, or warnings in effect for Trinidad and Tobago from the Trinidad and Tobago Meteorological Service at this time. There are no tropical storm or hurricane watches or warnings in effect for T&T at this time.

This is a developing story and will be updated shortly.

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