Tuesday 25 February, 2020

UPDATED: Riverine Flood Alert in effect as river overflow 'imminent'

With water levels already high and heavy rainfall expected to continue for at least the next 24 hours, the Meteorological Service (Met Office) has issued a Riverine Flood Alert for Trinidad.

In an updated bulletin issued this afternoon, the Met Office said the possibility of river overtopping is imminent, if it has not occurred already in some low-lying areas. 

Information coming from the Water Resources Agency indicates that water levels in some of the nation’s major rivers as well as their tributaries are fast approaching threshold levels. Some tributaries of the Caroni River have reportedly already begun overflowing onto their banks. 

Earlier, the Met Office in an information bulletin warned of the possibility of street and flash flooding. But, as opposed to those types of flooding, riverine flooding is more prolonged and widespread.

The latest alert was issued in light of expected run-off into the basins from current rainfall, in addition to expected rainfall today into tomorrow.

Citizens residing near 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, the Met Office underscored.

The Met Office again advised that the country is under no tropical storm threat, watch or warning at this time.

An updated bulletin will be issued at 6 pm today or sooner if weather conditions worsen.

Citizens are reminded that a rough seas bulletin remains in effect.   

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