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Information Bulletin #2: The Trinidad and Tobago Meteorological Service maintains Riverine Flood Alert

The Trinidad and Tobago Meteorological Service is maintaining the riverine flood alert for Trinidad, in light of the most recent rainfall event associated with the Inter Tropical Convergence Zone (ITCZ) over the last 36-48 hours.

 

Reports indicate that water levels in the nation’s major rivers particularly in North and Central Trinidad are approaching threshold levels as a result of run off from the current rainfall event. Reports have also been received of feeder rivers into some of the main river courses already overflowing their banks in Sangre Grande, San Raphael and Caparo areas. Although water levels in the primary Caroni River remain contained at this time, it is still high.

 

Meteorological Forecasts indicate further rainfall activity is expected over the next 12-18 hours with rainfall accumulation anticipated to be between 20-40 millimetres in some areas. Given the additional rainfall predicted for Trinidad and Tobago and the occurrence of high tide near midnight, the possibility of river overtopping is real and imminent. Additionally with the already waterlogged grounds, the likelihood of landslips/landslides in elevated areas exists.

 

The ODPM, as the National Disaster Office is currently monitoring the situation and has alerted all first responder agencies so that assistance can be rendered to affected persons. Citizens, particularly those residing in low lying areas and along the Caroni River Basin are therefore urged to remain vigilant and cautious and those affected are asked to contact the ODPM’s customer care centre at 511.

 

Citizens are reminded of the following flood safety tips:

  • Elevate valuables and place important documents in sealed containers or bags
  • Do not walk / drive through flood waters
  • Do not touch electrical equipment if you are wet or standing in water

TRINIDAD AND TOBAGO IS NOT UNDER ANY TROPICAL STORM THREAT, WATCH OR WARNING

ENDS

Issued by:-

Public Information, Education and Community Outreach Unit

publicinfo.odpm@gmail.com

 

For more information, please contact:-511 Emergency Call Centre

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