Tropical Storm Karen brought heavy flooding to parts of Trinidad and Tobago as result of torrential downpours over yesterday, September 22.
All schools are closed today as the country continues on a riverine high risk alert.
Government offices and businesses, however, will remain opened.
This was announced by Minister of National Security Stuart Young.
Tomorrow, Tuesday, is a public holiday – Republic Day.
Young said the decision was taken following a meeting with the Trinidad and Tobago Meteorological Services.
He said there was no need, at this time, to shut down Government offices and other businesses.
He also warned citizens to remain indoors unless it is absolutely necessary.
Young said, “We want to warn citizens when there are heavy rainfall and flash flooding it is not a good idea to jump in vehicle and go out there. Exercise caution in next 24 hours. Do not venture out until it is absolutely need to. We are asking please avoid going out in vehicle unless necessary in next 24 hours.”
He also warned homeowners to steer clear of live electrical wires.
And parents were warned against encouraging children to enter flood waters.
Minister of Local Government Kazim Hosein said there were reports of flooding in areas in west Trinidad. He said the ministry was informed of fallen trees in San Fernando, Mayaro, Tunapuna and other areas.
He said all 14 regional corporations were activated and ready to assist.