Nat Sec Minister – no decision to shut down T&T, Tobago responders out in full force

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    National Security Minister Stuart Young

    National Security Minister Stuart Young says at this time, there has been no decision to shut down the country, due to the current weather situation.

    Speaking during a media conference moments ago, Mr Young says Government is continuing to monitor Tropical Storm Karen.

    At this moment, a RED ALERT and a TROPICAL STORM WARNING remain in effect for Trinidad and Tobago.

    Thus far, Tobago has borne the brunt of the system, with heavy rains and strong winds which have led to some infrastructure damages, fallen trees, extensive flooding and power outages.

    According to Mr Young, the Chief Fire Officer called out auxiliary staff in Tobago, in preparation for the forecast of bad weather.

    He also gave some updates on flooding on the sister isle.

    The Minister says T&TEC and WASA are also prepared for the inclement weather.

    Also giving updates were Health Minister Terrence Deyalsingh and Works Minister Rohan Sinanan.

    Mr Deyalsingh says all hospitals are fully staffed and on alert.

    Mr Sinanan meanwhile says although recent dredging works have improved things, his Ministry is prepared to handle the situation, in the case of any difficulties.