ODPM: Citizens in Caroni River Basin should exercise caution

Friday, November 25, 2016 - 08:45

The Office of Disaster Preparedness and Management (ODPM) is warning residents in the Caroni River Basin to exercise caution following persistent rainfall throughout the day. 

A statement from the ODPM says intermittent rainfall is expected to coninute throughout the day.

The following is the statement from the ODPM:

"The Office of Disaster Preparedness and Management (ODPM) is advising citizens to be vigilant of continuing adverse weather conditions and the risk of riverine flooding further to Information Bulletin #1 and Flood Bulletin #1 issued by the Trinidad and Tobago Meteorological Office (TTMET) this morning. 

Trinidad and Tobago is currently experiencing overcast conditions with rainfall activity and thundershowers due to the presence of the Inter-Tropical Convergence Zone (ITCZ).

This inclement weather is expected to continue intermittently for at least the next 18 to 24 hours.

In addition, the Water Resources Agency (WRA) has indicated that water levels in the nation’s rivers are at this time contained but rising.

Taking into consideration the forecasted rainfall and the occurrence of the high tide at 1:36 p.m. this afternoon, there is an increased possibility that these rivers may reach their thresholds and overtop their banks.

Citizens in general, especially those residing in low-lying areas, in particular the Caroni River Basin, are advised to exercise extreme vigilance and caution.

Gusty winds are expected to accompany showers and thundershowers and as such, there is a high chance of street/flash flooding, more prolonged riverine flooding as well as landslides in areas so prone. Citizens, especially commuters, are advised to be vigilant and cautious as they conduct their daily activities.

The ODPM, as the lead coordinator of emergency management, continues to work closely with all key stakeholders including the Tobago Emergency Management Agency (TEMA) and the Municipal Corporations’ Disaster Management Units (DMUs).

Thus far, there have been preliminary reports of flooding emerging in areas in the vicinity of rivers in the Sangre Grande and Mayaro/Rio Claro Regional Corporations as well street flooding in the City of Port of Spain.

We advise citizens to take all the necessary precautions to preserve life and property. Consequently, we continue to underscore the following:

·         If you live in a flood-prone area, place furniture and appliances on a height from the ground and keep sand-bags easily accessible.

·         Continuously monitor the river levels in your area.

·         Place all your important documents in a waterproof bag.

·         After heavy rainfall, stay inside until water levels subside and venture outside only when it is confirmed safe. 

·         Do not walk / drive through flood waters. 

·         Be cautious and vigilant when walking /driving along hillsides or landslide prone areas. 

The ODPM reminds all citizens that should you be affected by this inclement weather, please contact our Customer Care Centre at 511 or 911 in Trinidad and 211 in Tobago (TEMA). For additional safety tips and information, check our website www.odpm.gov.tt, Social Media pages and our mobile application Disaster Ready."

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