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Flood bulletin 1: Riverine flood alert

 

The Trinidad and Tobago Meteorological Service is issuing a riverine flood alert for Trinidad, having regard to the most recent rainfall event associated with feeder band activity from Tropical Storm Isaac. 

 

Reports from the Water Resources Agency indicate that water levels in the nation's major rivers in North and Northwest Trinidad are significantly high and may reach threshold levels as a result of run off from the current and forecast rainfall activity. The Meteorological Service has also received reports of rivers overtopping in some locations. Although water levels in the primary Caroni River remain contained at this time, the trends are indicating a gradual increase. 

 

Meteorological Forecasts and data obtained from Numerical Weather Prediction Models indicate that further rainfall activity is expected over the next 4-6 hours with rainfall accumulation anticipated to be between 30-60 millimeters. 

 

Given the additional rainfall predicted for Trinidad and Tobago and the occurrence of high tides at 8:00 a.m. today, the possibility of further river overtopping is real and imminent. As opposed to street/flash flooding, riverine flooding can be more extensive and prolonged. 

 

Citizens in general, are asked to be on the alert for rising river levels and possible overspill. All necessary measures MUST be taken to preserve life and property. 

 

THE TRINIDAD AND TOBAGO METEOROLOGICAL SERVICE STRONGLY UNDERSCORES THAT TRINIDAD AND TOBAGO IS NOT UNDER ANY TROPICAL STORM THREAT, WATCH OR WARNING AT THIS TIME. 

 

The Trinidad and Tobago Meteorological Service, Water Resources Agency and ODPM are closely monitoring the situation and will issue another bulletin as the situation warrants.

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