The Office of Disaster Preparedness and Management is urging residents in flood-prone areas to be cautious and secure their safety and that of their properties after flooding was reported in parts of South Trinidad.
Up to midday Monday, heavy rain associated with a passing Inter-Tropical Convergence Zone (ITCZ) caused flooding in parts of South Trinidad including Claxton Bay, Gasparillo and Bonne Aventure.
There were also reports of flash flooding in parts of North Trinidad including Trincity, St Augustine, Santa Cruz and St Joseph along the Eastern Main Road near WASA.
Port of Spain was also reportedly experiencing heavy flash flooding near City Gate and along Wrightson Road, as well as Maraval, which was experiencing high water levels up to 1:30 pm Monday.
Light flash flooding was also reported in west Trinidad near West Mall.
As of Monday at 1:00 pm, there were reports that the Santa Cruz River was also rising rapidly.
“CTTRC – Disaster Management Unit Update: Reports of flooding were received in the Claxton Bay Area in the vicinity of Springvale and AM Marketing. Citizens are kindly advised to proceed with caution in that region.”
The ODPM said the Disaster Management Unit continues to monitor the situation and encourages residents to contact the DMU via its hotline number 800-CTTC (2882) for any emergencies.
The Trinidad and Tobago Meteorological Service issued an adverse weather warning on Monday, warning citizens of heavy rains due to an ITCZ.
The Met Office said a low-level trough is interacting with the Inter-Tropical Convergence Zone (ITCZ) and will result in adverse weather conditions. Flash flooding, damaging gusty winds and landslides may also occur, especially in areas so prone.
The Office of Disaster Preparedness and Management (ODPM) would like citizens to Get Ready and Stay Ready by implementing the following steps:
1. Place important personal documents, valuables and vital medical supplies into a waterproof bag or container in an accessible location;
2. Pre-position sandbags around your property, especially if your area or property has a history of flooding;
3. If there are signs that flooding is about to occur near your property, move important items to a higher floor if possible;
4. After heavy rainfall, stay inside until water levels have subsided;
5. Do not walk, play or drive through flood waters of unknown depth and current;
6. If impacted by the adverse weather please contact your Municipal Corporation or the Tobago Emergency Management Agency (TEMA) through its toll-free hotline numbers.
Citizens should continue to monitor the website and social media profiles of the Trinidad and Tobago Meteorological Service and the ODPM for weather forecasts, alerts, warnings and cancellations.
Visit www.metoffice.gov.tt or wwww.odpm.gov.tt.
The Met Office assured that Trinidad and Tobago is not under any tropical storm watch or warning.
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