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ODPM's Information Bulletin #1 - Tuesday 20th June, 2017 – 12:30 p.m. TTMET issues Riverine Flood Alert #1

Information Bulletin # 1
Tuesday 20th June, 2017 – 12:30 p.m.

TTMET issues Riverine Flood Alert #1

The Trinidad and Tobago Meteorological Service has issued a Riverine Flood Alert bulletin for Trinidad, as a result of the recent rainfall activity associated with the passage of Tropical Storm Bret over the last 12-18 hours. Riverine Flooding is more prolonged and widespread in comparison to street and flash flooding.

Data from the Water Resources Agency indicates that water levels in the nation’s major rivers are approaching threshold levels as a result of expected run-off from the current rainfall event.
Although water levels in the primary Caroni River remain contained at this time, the threat is still high.

Further rainfall activity is expected over the next 5 to 8 hours with anticipated rainfall accumulations of 20-30 millimetres. Given the additional rainfall predicted for Trinidad and
Tobago and the occurrence of high tides at 1:05 pm today, the possibility of river overtopping is real and imminent.

Citizens in general, and those residing in the Caroni River Basin in particular, are asked to be
on the alert for rising river levels and possible overspill. The ODPM with like to re-emphasize that all necessary measures MUST be taken to preserve life and property.

There have been reports of high level flooding in areas such as: Penal Rock Road, Penal Mohess Road, Penal Debe, Barrackpore -Papourie, Enterprise – Chaguanas, Caparo and the Mosquito Creek Road. Persons commuting to and from these areas should delay travel or find alternative routes if possible; please be reminded to proceed with extreme caution.

The ODPM reminds all citizens that if they have been affected by this inclement weather, to please contact our Customer Care Centre at 511, 999 or 211.

Consequently, we continue to underscore the following:-
• After heavy rainfall, stay inside until water levels have subsided and it is safe to venture outside.
• Do not walk/drive through flood waters.
• Be cautious when walking/driving along hillsides or landslide-prone areas.

The ODPM as the lead National Office for Disaster Management is coordinating with all relevant agencies, including the Regional Corporations’ Disaster Management Units and the Tobago Emergency Management Agency to prepare for the possibility of localized rainfall within the next 5-8 hours, as we continue to closely monitor this situation through the TTMET Office. The ODPM reminds all citizens to dispel any social media rumours and obtain advisories from authorised messages from the TTMET Office and the ODPM through local media houses’ updates.

Issued by:
Public Information, Education and Community Outreach Unit
For further information, please Call:
ODPM’s Customer Call Centre 511
TEMA’s Hotline 211

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