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ODPM's Information Bulletin #4Wednesday 21st June, 2017 – 7:00 p.m. TTMET issues Riverine Flood Bulletin #4

The Trinidad and Tobago Meteorological Service is continuing the riverine flood alert for Trinidad. Riverine Flooding is more prolonged and widespread in comparison to street and flash flooding. Data from the Water Resources Agency still indicates that water levels in a few of the nation’s major rivers are high.

The ODPM has received reports of the following routes being impassable and inundated at this time:-
• Madras Road, St. Helena Village
• The route from Cunupia to Las Lomas
• The access road to St. Helena known as Boy Cato Road

Citizens are still asked to be on the alert and pay attention to river levels, as the recession of water in flooded areas is slow. All necessary measures MUST be taken to preserve life and property.

Consequently, the ODPM will like you to protect your property. Sandbags are of no use if your property is already flooded – concentrate your efforts on protecting yourself, your belongings and moving precious items out of harm’s way!

Please be advised of the following safety tips:

DURING A FLOOD
• After heavy rainfall, stay inside until water levels subside and venture outside only when it is confirmed safe.
• If you live in a flood-prone area, place furniture and appliances on a height from the ground and keep sand-bags easily accessible.
• Continuously monitor the river levels in your area.
• Place all your important documents in a waterproof bag.
• Be cautious and vigilant when walking /driving along hillsides or landslide prone areas.
• Do not walk through moving water. As little as 6 inches (15 centimeters) of moving water can make you fall.
• If you have to walk in water, wherever possible, walk where the water is not moving. Use a stick to check the firmness of the ground in front of you.
• 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.
• Do not touch electrical equipment if you are wet or standing in water.

AFTER A FLOOD
• Listen for news reports to learn whether the community's water supply is safe to drink.
• Avoid floodwaters; water may be contaminated by oil, gasoline, or raw sewage. Water may also be electrically charged from underground or downed power lines.
• Avoid moving water.
• Be aware of areas where floodwaters have receded. Roads may have weakened and could collapse under the weight of a car.
• Stay away from downed power lines, and report them to the Trinidad and Tobago Electricity Commission.
• Stay out of any building if it is surrounded by floodwaters.
• Service damaged septic tanks, cesspools, pits, and leaching systems as soon as possible. Damaged sewage systems are serious health hazards.
• Clean and disinfect everything that got wet. Mud left from floodwater can contain sewage and chemicals.
• Snakes and other wildlife may seek shelter in trees, homes and vehicles. Seek immediate treatment if bitten or injured by an animal. Beware of displaced pets.
• Standing water after floods is a breeding place for mosquitoes. Drain all standing water and empty water from outdoor items such as old tires, cans and flower pot bases. Protect yourself with an appropriate insect repellent.

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 response to the provide relief to the impacted communities, 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.

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ENDS
Issued by:
Public Information, Education and Community Outreach Unit
publicinfo.odpm@gmail.com
For further information, please Call:
ODPM’s Customer Call Centre 511
TEMA’s Hotline 211

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