[Updated] Major Flooding At Clifton Hill, Point Fortin as Storage Tank Fails

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.

Flooding at Clifton Hill, Point Fortin flooding an uncontrolled release of water from a damaged storage tank. (Sheldon Mohammed)

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.

Flooding at Clifton Hill, Point Fortin flooding an uncontrolled release of water from a damaged storage tank. (Sheldon Mohammed)

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.

LIDAR Imagery (showing topography) across Point Fortin/Clifton Hill.

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.

MEDIA RELEASE: Adventure Tank Farm Hydro Test Today, Sunday 7th June 2020, at around 5:55 PM, Heritage Petroleum…

Posted by HeritagePetroleum on Sunday, June 7, 2020

Note that this event is unrelated to a minor oil spill in Barrackpore earlier today.

Statement from Heritage Petroleum Company Limited on the Barrackpore Oil Spill On Saturday 6th June 2020 at around…

Posted by news.gov.tt on Sunday, June 7, 2020

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.

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