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PUBLIC ADVISORY - Thursday November 8, 2012 – 2: 00 p.m.


ODPM urges persons to proceed with caution in flooded areas and contact 511 if affected

The Office of Disaster Preparedness and Management (ODPM) has received reports of flash flooding in the following areas: Lower Nelson Street, Wrightson Road, Abattoir Road, Port of Spain proper, Cocorite Road (West Mall), Independence Square, South Quay and Ariapita Avenue (In-front of Princes Elizabeth Home). According to the Trinidad and Tobago Meteorological Service’s information bulletin issued at 1:30 pm, Trinidad is currently experiencing cloudy to overcast conditions with bouts of showers and thundershowers which have been heavy particularly in the Port-of-Spain area. This is due to an active Inter-Tropical Convergence Zone and is forecast to persist for at least the next 2-4 hours. Please be advised that Trinidad and Tobago is currently not under any tropical storm threat, watch or warning.

Citizens are asked to remain calm and vigilant are asked to take note of the following:

1. Persons heading into Port of Spain are advised to delay their travel by up to four (4) hours.

2. Persons already in Port of Spain should stay in a safe place until the flooding has subsided.

3. If you have been impacted, call ODPM’s Emergency Contact Centre at 511 to make a report.

4. If your home is located in a flood or landslide prone area, move to a safe area well before flood waters rise and become impassable

5. DO NOT attempt to walk through flood waters. (As little as 6 inches/15 centimetres of water can make you fall.)

6. DO NOT drive into flooded areas. If floodwaters rise around your car, abandon the car and move to higher ground if you can do so safely.

The ODPM has alerted all first responder agencies should there be a need to render immediate assistance and is closely monitoring the situation and will notify the public of any further weather updates from the Trinidad and Tobago Meteorological Service.


Issued by:-

Public Information, Education and Community Outreach Unit


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