I guess the following news article from the Trinidad & Tobago (13.11.2004) Express sums it up ...
Persistent heavy rains in Tobago for over 12 hours left a trail of death and destruction at Delaford, east Tobago. Dead are 30-year-old Tyrone Keston McMillan of Louis D’Or Local Road in Delaford, and Kathy-Ann Ferguson, 16, of King’s Bay, Delaford. Five persons, all members of the Ferguson family, were injured. The injured persons were airlifted out of the disaster area by a National Security helicopter as the area was inaccessible by vehicle. Kathy-Ann’s mother, Shirley Nimblett-Ferguson, 43, was reported to be in critical condition. The other injured are: Kale-Ann Ferguson, 23; Kershon Ferguson, 17; Kurlon Ferguson, 11; and Kwesi-Ann Ferguson, 8. Kathy-Ann, a student of Bishop’s High School (Tobago), died on the spot, while her mother and siblings were injured when the house to which they had gone seeking shelter, came crashing down, burying them in mud and debris brought down by a landslide.
The Fergusons home had been threatened by the landslide, and was filled with water, and the family had run for shelter at the house which is owned by a foreigner, and for which they were the caretakers. “Everything is in a mess right now! It’s like we are on an island looking out,” said Newsday reporter Marissa Williams, whose family’s home is adjacent to the Fergusons. She reported that the landslide swept down a hilly incline, crushing the house and spreading trees, mud, and other debris, which covered the area. McMillan, who was employed as a barman at Blue Waters Inn, Speyside, died instantly when a landslide buried his pick-up van he was trying to move out of a danger zone. According to reports, a landslide had come down shortly before in the area where the van was parked, with no damage to the van. McMillan, the father of an infant boy, decided to move the van to safety, and as he was doing so another landslide slammed into the vehicle.
His son Kofi’s first birthday is tomorrow, and a gala birthday party was being planned by McMillan and his girlfriend Gillian Thomas, of Roxborough, Kofi’s mother. Reports also indicate that up to 3 pm yesterday a man in the nearby village of Speyside was trapped in his house which was covered by a landslide and in a precarious position. With the road impassable, firemen who had reached as far as Delaford decided to start making the trek to Speyside on foot in a bid to rescue the man, who was not immediately identified. Landslides, some of them major, dotted the Windward Main Road leading to the east end of the island; long stretches of the road were completely obliterated by mud and slush, and in some areas it was as though trees and shrubs were actually “growing” on the road.
Big Hole, Goodwood, resembled a swimming pool and traffic was stalled in this area for quite some time as operators of Tobago House of Assembly (THA) heavy equipment machinery and other workers worked feverishly to clear the road. The east end was without electricity and telephone communication in some areas. NEMA and other related agencies have also been mobilised in the recovery work effort. Landslides were also reported in the northern end of the island at Castara. In the western end of Tobago, there was flooding in low-lying areas, including Carnbee and Canaan/Bon Accord, but no casualties or extensive damage occured as in the east. The rains began around 1am yesterday and continued incessantly with heavy downpours until about 8 am. In the north east districts, at Charlotteville, Speyside, Delaford, the rain had been reportedly falling intermittently throughout Thursday.