Saturday 25 January, 2020

Flooding alert in effect

The Trinidad and Tobago Meteorological Service is maintaining the riverine flood alert for Trinidad.

The alert was issued on Wednesday afternoon. 

In the alert, the Met Office said the recent rainfall activity is associated with the Inter-Tropical Convergence
Zone (ITCZ) over the last 18-24 hours.

As opposed to Street and Flash Flooding, Riverine Flooding is more prolonged and widespread. 

The Met Office said reports from the Water Resources Agency indicate that water levels in the nation’s major rivers are approaching threshold levels including the Caroni River.

With expected runoff into the basins and additional rainfall forecast overnight/into tomorrow morning, Numerical Weather Prediction Models estimate 20-40 millimetres over the next 18 to 24 hours. 

The Met Officer said that given the additional rainfall predicted for Trinidad and Tobago and the occurrence of high tides at 3:42 am. (19/10/17), the possibility of rivers 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. All necessary measures MUST be taken to
preserve life and property. 


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