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ODPM's Information Bulletin #5 Thursday 22nd June, 2017 – 12:00 p.m. TTMET Discontinues Riverine Flood Bulletin #5

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Information Bulletin # 5

Thursday 22nd June, 2017 – 12:00 p.m.


TTMET discontinues the Riverine Flood Bulletins


The Trinidad and Tobago Meteorological Service has discontinued the riverine flood alert, according to the Flood Bulletin #5 issued at 6:00a.m. Information reaching the Meteorological Office indicates that water levels in most of the nation’s major rivers are subsiding, and no further impactful rainfall activity is expected over the next 12 – 24 hours.


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 available at the various Municipal Corporations affected. 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:



  • All water possibly contaminated by flooding must be disinfected. Boil water for five minutes and store in a clean container. The flat taste can be eliminated by shaking the water in a bottle or pouring it from one container to another.

  • Mix 5 drops of household bleach with 1 quart of water (or 20 drops per gallon) and let stand for at least five minutes (preferably 30 minutes to an hour) or longer before drinking. Bleach should be unscented and free of detergents or additives. This water will be suitable for drinking, hand washing, and for washing pots and utensils.

  • 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, caimans and other wildlife may seek shelter and warmth in trees, homes and vehicles. These animals may have been relocated from their natural habitat by flood waters. 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 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.




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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