Riverine Flood Alert Now At Orange – River Levels Along Caroni River Critical

Key Messages:
— A Riverine Flood Alert (Orange Level) has been issued for Trinidad until 6:00 PM Thursday
— River levels are at critical levels values in some parts, especially along the Caroni River basin.
— In the last 12 hours, between 1 to 3.5 inches (25.4-88.9 millimeters) of rainfall has fallen across much of Trinidad. Additional rainfall remains in the forecast today through the remainder of the week, which may exacerbate the ongoing flooding.
— An Adverse Weather Alert is also in effect for Trinidad from 11:27 AM Tuesday through 6:00 PM Wednesday from the Trinidad and Tobago Meteorological Service.

The Riverine Flood Alert

As we’ve been monitoring, heavy rainfall has been ongoing across Trinidad with street and flash flooding persisting.

The Trinidad and Tobago Meteorological Service has upgraded the Riverine Flood Alert (Yellow Level) to Riverine Flood Alert (Orange Level) at 2:00 PM Wednesday 18th August 2021.

The alert retroactively went into effect from 12:00 PM Wednesday 18th August 2021 through 6:00 PM Thursday 19th August 2021.

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 July 29th-31st 2021.

River levels are critical along the Caroni River with lower banks at spilling level. There continue to be reports of smaller watercourses being filled with flooding in low-lying areas. Other major rivers are contained at this time and are being closely monitored.” according to the Trinidad and Tobago Meteorological Service. This “alert” status takes into account the possibility of the event occurring. This riverine flood event has been observed.

The color of the alert indicates the severity of the event and the probability of the event occurring. Currently, the alert level is at Orange. This means that the hazard has been observed and you need to prepare to protect yourself, your family, livelihoods, and property. Severe impacts are expected.

For a severe Riverine Flood Alert, there is the potential for the loss of a single life or serious injuries with behavioral changes required to ensure safety. Physical defenses are needed with major losses possible in confined areas. Several communities may be affected with external help needed for recovery.

Monitor weather conditions and river levels before venturing out. Avoid areas with floodwaters. Monitor updates from official sources and plan safety measures, including emergency supplies of food and water. 

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