Friday 23 August, 2019

Flooding to persist as rains continue

As inclement weather persists across Trinidad and Tobago, the Meteorological Service (Met Office) has maintained a Riverine Flood Alert for both islands as more rains are expected over the next 24 hours.

Citizens in low lying areas already hit by flooding over the past few days of rainfall are at risk of being flooded again as the Met Office says riverine flooding will continue in these areas as flood waters run off.

The Water Resources Agency indicates that water levels in some of the nation’s major rivers as well as their tributaries are slowly receding but still exceed bank-threshold levels.

Some tributaries of the Caroni River, Cipero River and Oropuche River have over-spilled their banks in some areas. With reduced rainfall accumulation still forecast to be in the range (15 – 30) mm including anticipated runoff, riverine flooding continues, especially in low-lying areas.

Citizens, in particular those residing along the Caroni River Basin, are asked to be on the alert for further overspill.

The Met Office maintains that the country is not under any tropical storm threat, watch or warning.

An update will be issued around midday tomorrow, or sooner if necessary.

A rough sea bulletin also remains in effect.

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