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Trinidad and Tobago Meteorological Service issue riverine flood alert.

Trinidad and Tobago Meteorological Service issue riverine flood alert.

TTMSIn light of the most recent rainfall activity associated with the Inter-Tropical Convergence Zone (ITCZ) over the last 12-18 hours, the Trinidad and Tobago Meteorological Service has issued a riverine flood alert for Trinidad.

Riverine Flooding is more prolonged and widespread than Street and Flash Flooding.

According to the Met office, reports from the Water Resources Agency indicate that water levels in the nation’s major rivers are approaching threshold levels.

And, although water levels in the primary Caroni River remain contained at this time, it is nevertheless threateningly high.

Meteorological Forecasts and data indicate that further rainfall activity is expected over the next 18 to 24 hours, with rainfall accumulation anticipated to be between 20-40 millimeters.

The met office says that given the additional rainfall predicted for Trinidad and Tobago, as well as the occurrence of high tides at 12:04 am tomorrow, the possibility of river overtopping is real and imminent.

Citizens, and in particular those residing in the Caroni River Basin, 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