Wednesday 18 July, 2018

Severe flooding reported in Santa Cruz

Social media has been abuzz with reports of flooding in the Santa Cruz area; however, organisations in charge of monitoring the systems were unable to confirm the information.

Sources at the Trinidad and Tobago Meteorological Service (TTMS) noted that they received no calls about flooding.

Loop TT was informed, however, that there was some activity around 2 pm today, as the forecast predicted heavy showers and thundershowers mainly in hilly and western areas with the chance of street or flash flooding.

Meanwhile, the Office of Disaster, Preparedness and Management (ODPM) was also contacted about reports of flooding. Loop TT was told that only one phone call was received. No information could be provided on the extent of the flooding.

In its forecast for tonight, the TTMS noted that there is expected to be cloudy periods with showers in varying localities. Heavy showers or thundershowers are expected in a few areas mainly after midnight. Tomorrow, cloudy conditions are expected with light to moderate showers in broad areas and heavy showers or thundershowers in few areas. According to the TTMS, gusty winds and street/flash flooding may accompany heavy showers or thundershowers.

Members of the public are urged to avoid traversing through flood waters and are further advised to take the necessary precautions, in light of these reports.