Grateful for sunshine, residents get chance to clean up, repair roofs | Local News

THE CHANGE in weather was welcomed by many yesterday as they put the pieces back together after Friday’s gusty winds that blew away more than 300 roofs across the country and toppled trees as it rained.

At Point Fortin, Hollister was able to mop Reyes after his roof was blown in the way by high winds.

The entire upper portion of his Fanny Village, Point Fortin, home and bedrooms were exposed to the rain after the incident. The downstairs area was also affected, as water seeped through the wooden floor.

A tarpaulin was stretched over the roof of the house.

Reyes told the Sunday Express that he was grateful for the sunshine as it enabled his family of three to continue cleaning up.

Member of Parliament for Point Fortin Kennedy Richards Jr said 48 homes were affected by Friday’s high winds.

He said the assessments continued and he would contact the National Commission on Self-Help about grants for affected families.

Also yesterday, the evaluations of the disaster relief units of the various regional corporations in various places continued.

On Friday, the local government’s Ministry of Rural Development and Disaster Management said a total of 314 roofs had been blown down or damaged, 102 trees had fallen, power lines had crashed and damaged, four land slippage cases and one flood incident. .

People were also without electricity and water.

WASA said in a press release that several areas in Trinidad and Tobago experienced disruption to their piped water supply, and this may have been due to inclement weather, resulting in fallen trees and power outages affecting operations at some of its water treatments. plants.

The winds reached reached 82 km/h and the Trinidad and Tobago Meteorological Service placed this country on a yellow warning for bad weather.

It was discontinued yesterday at around 2:50 pm.

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