At 6:15 PM, a large storage tank at the Heritage Petroleum Clifton Hill operations failed, sending a torrent of water across nearby roads flowing towards the Atlantic LNG plant, triggering major flash flooding.
According to Newsday, a tank undergoing hydrostatic testing at the Heritage site in Point Fortin ruptured, flooding several parts of the compound on Sunday evening.
As of 7:30 PM, officials from the Point Fortin Fire Service, Point Fortin Municipal Police, and the Point Fortin Disaster Management Unit are on site.
There is no word on possible injuries, but several vehicles have been affected by the deluge of water, with video of one car floating in the flood waters.
Based on the topography of the area, water would have inundated the nearby road that heads to the Clifton Hill Beach and Terminal Drive, as well as Newland Village, rendering them impassable. The uncontrolled water would then flow into the Atlantic LNG facility, heading into the Gulf of Paria.
While the tank was filled with water, workers in the area are also concerned with emanating fumes, as well as the visible sheen of oil.
According to an Express report, Point Fortin Mayor Kennedy Richards said residents complained of strong fumes in the area, causing some to fall ill.
Richards said, “Some residents were complaining of feeling unwell and were advised to seek medical treatment at the Point Fortin Area Hospital.”
Update: Heritage Petroleum has issued a statement, following the major flash flooding due to an uncontrolled release of water from a storage tank.
Note that this event is unrelated to a minor oil spill in Barrackpore earlier today.
Do NOT drive into flooded roadways or around a barricade; Turn Around, Don’t Drown! Water may be deeper than it appears and can hide hazards such as sharp objects, washed out road surfaces, electrical wires, chemicals, etc. A vehicle caught in swiftly moving water can be swept away in seconds 12 inches of water can float a car or small SUV, 18 inches of water can carry away large vehicles.