Riverine Flood Alert Remains In Effect As Parts of the Caroni River is “Bank-full”

Key Messages:
— A Riverine Flood Alert Yellow Level is in effect from 10:00 PM Saturday 5th June 2021 through 12:00 PM Sunday 6th June 2021 for “Low lying areas near watercourses in central and northern Trinidad.” River levels in the Caroni River continue to slowly rise.
— Over the last 48 hours, between 3-5 inches (75-125 millimeters) of rainfall has fallen across much of Trinidad. Heavy rainfall has subsided for now based on the latest forecast. However, in conjunction with high tides, riverine flooding is possible. Further rainfall is expected Monday night through Tuesday due to another tropical wave.

The Riverine Flood Alert

As we’ve been monitoring, heavy rainfall has fallen across Trinidad for a second consecutive day, causing river levels across the country to rise.

With high tides (1:12 AM and 2:06 PM), the Trinidad and Tobago Meteorological Service has updated the Riverine Flood Alert (Yellow Level) at 9:48 PM Saturday 5th June 2021.

The alert is in effect from 10:00 PM Saturday 5th June 2021 through 12:00 PM Sunday 6th June 2021. Note that isolated showers with a low chance of a thunderstorm are in the forecast for Sunday, with increasing rainfall chances Monday night into Tuesday, though not as widespread as the last 48 hours.

Trinidad and Tobago is NOT under any tropical storm watch or warning.

Information from the Trinidad and Tobago Meteorological Service concerning the Riverine Flood Alert for June 5th to 6th 2021.

River levels in the Caroni River continue to slowly rise due to run-off from today’s rainfall activity as well as forthcoming high tide at 1:12 am (6th June 2021). Parts of the Caroni River in the vicinity of Carapo and Centeno, have already become bank-full and the potential for over-spilling onto the riverbanks and roadway is very high. Further downstream, river levels are contained at this time but remain high. There remains a moderate risk to public safety, livelihood, and property, as watercourses maintain high levels and the potential for over-spilling is high, particularly for the Caroni River.” according to the Trinidad and Tobago Meteorological Service. This “alert” status takes into account the possibility of the event occurring. This riverine flood event is likely.

The color of the alert indicates the severity of the event and the probability of the event occurring. Currently, the alert level is at Yellow. This means that the hazard is possible to be aware of the impacts of street, flash and riverine flooding in your area. Moderate impacts are likely.

For a moderate Riverine Flood Alert, there is the potential for possible injuries with behavioral changes required to ensure safety. There may be minor damage to property, with income-earning temporarily disrupted. A couple of communities are affcted.

Monitor weather conditions and river levels before venturing outside. Monitor updates from official sources and plan safety measures, including emergency supplies of food and water. Follow the instructions of government officials.

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