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Ortoire bursts its banks in Mayaro
Market vendors had to climb up on their stalls on Sunday morning as floodwaters from heavy rains, a backlash of Hurricane Tomas, overtook the Mayaro market. Strong Atlantic winds felled coconut trees in the east Trinidad village, damaging houses, while dozens of residents were marooned for hours yesterday as their homes were surrounded by water.
Personnel from the Office Disaster Preparedness and Management (ODPM), Cepep workers and officers from the Mayaro Fire Service were kept busy in the area, assisting residents and cleaning up.
David Law, research and personal assistant for Mayaro MP Winston “Gypsy” Peters, said: “The entire Mayaro Junction, from the market to KFC, was flooded out. “People coming to market early in the morning were trapped.”
Meanwhile, in Lewis Sucre Street, near to the Plaisance Housing Development, Julia Bruno heard a loud crash and discovered a coconut tree had fallen on the roof of her house, damaging galvanise and overturning a water tank. Law added: “There was also flooding in the Plaisance area and in Radix Village.” He said the Ortoire River burst its banks and the banks of the St Ann’s River were eroded by the raging water that rushed through it.
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