Sunday 17 November, 2019

Met Office concerned over water levels as more showers on the way

The Meteorological Service said there are concerns that additional showers may exacerbate already waterlogged areas, as the Riverine Flood Alert and Adverse Weather Alert continue to be in effect on Monday. 

Duty meteorologist Gary Benjamin said that morning sunshine may give way to showers around mid-morning and in the afternoon, particularly in South Trinidad and some hilly areas. 

Benjamin said that even moderate showers may contribute to higher water levels in waterlogged areas. 

However, he said that the anticipated showers would not be as heavy as in previous days. 

"There is a medium to high risk of thunderstorms developing during the afternoon period, this might favour southern areas of Trinidad and also hilly areas and nearby localities. 

"However we are not anticipating the volume of rainfall experienced in the past few days. However, we're concerned that we’re late in the rainy season and the ground is waterlogged, so any amount of rainfall that occurs in waterlogged areas may make it more easy for water levels to rise again, so we need to look out for that."

"The ground is already saturated, so we are concerned that in areas where there are heavy showers, more rainfall could cause groundwater levels to rise again," he said. 

Benjamin said that weather alerts warning of riverine flooding and adverse weather are still in effect and that the Met Office would continue to observe and would provide updates as needed.

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Residents who have been affected by flooding are urged to contact their local councillors and municipal corporations to start filing claims for flood relief grants. 

A list available of flood relief grants was listed by the Ministry of Social Development and Family Services over the weekend. 

Affected persons may call the Ministry’s toll-free hotline at 800 – 1MSD or the National Family Services Division at 623 – 2608; Ext 6300 – 6307.

 

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