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Bizarre Storm Hits Trinidad


WORKS and Transport Minister Colm Imbert yesterday described the intense rainfall which caused unprecedented flooding in southern Trinidad on Wednesday as “unusual, unprecedented” and “bizarre”, as the Government promised to intensify efforts to provide relief to affected citizens.

“It was a bizarre event...You had what was essentially a stationary cloud just dumping water in that area for a concentrated period of just two hours,” Imbert said at yesterday’s post-Cabinet press briefing held for the first time at the new Office of the Prime Minister in St Clair.

“It was extremely localised...You had bright sunshine in Port-of-Spain and you had five of six feet of water covering the highway in the Claxton Bay area. What occurred was very, very unusual,” he said of the rainfall which cut off the Solomon Hochoy Highway, stranded commuters and even flooded an oil refinery. “I would estimate that this would happen once in 100 years.”
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