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TTMET issues a Riverine Flood Alert

Riverine Flood Alert


The Trinidad and Tobago Meteorological Service has issued a riverine flood alert as of 12:00 p.m today, as Trinidad and Tobago continues to be affected by the presence of a low level trough persisting over the Caribbean region. Reports from the Water Resources Agency indicate that water levels in the nation’s major rivers in Central Trinidad are significantly high and may reach threshold levels as a result of run-off from the current and forecast rainfall activity.


Meteorological Forecasts and data obtained from Numerical Weather Prediction Models indicate that further rainfall activity is expected over the next 12 to 24 hours with rainfall accumulation anticipated to be between 25-40 millimeters.
Given the additional rainfall predicted for Trinidad and Tobago and the occurrence of high tides at 6:35 pm. today, the possibility of river overtopping is real and imminent.
As opposed to street/flash flooding, riverine flooding is more widespread and prolonged.
Citizens in general, and those who live in the Caroni River Basin in particular, 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 ODPM continues to monitor the situation and will update the public accordingly as first responder agencies provide assistance to those affected by the adverse weather. Please see the ODPM’s facebook and website for more information on how to prepare for and respond to flooding and landslides. In the meanwhile the following are some simple tips to help protect your property:

· Be extra vigilant and cautious at this time

· Elevate valuables and place important documents in sealed containers or bags

· Look out for collapsed pavements and fallen rocks

· Do not walk / drive through flood waters


We continue to underscore that Trinidad and Tobago is not under any Tropical Storm threat, watch or warning.




Issued by:-

Public Information, Education and Community Outreach Unit


For more information, please contact:-511 Emergency Call

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