Riverine Flood Alert Downgraded To Yellow Level For Trinidad

Key Messages:
— A Riverine Flood Alert (Yellow Level) is in effect for Trinidad until 6:00 PM Saturday.
— River levels are steadily decreasing and are expected to continue on this downward trend today, some locations remain under floodwaters, particularly in low lying areas
— Over the last three days, up to eight inches (200 mm) of rainfall has fallen across much of Trinidad. Additional rainfall remains in the forecast over the next three days, which may exacerbate the ongoing flooding.

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 updated the Riverine Flood Alert (Orange Level) now at Yellow Level at 8:13 AM Friday 20th August 2021.

The new alert retroactively went into effect from 8:00 AM Friday 20th August 2021 and remains in effect through 6:00 PM Saturday 21st 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 August 19th-August 21st 2021.

While river levels are steadily decreasing and are expected to continue on this downward trend today, some locations remain under floodwaters, particularly in low lying areas. There is a potential for an afternoon isolated heavy showers and/or thunderstorms which are not expected to affect water levels in the major rivers, however, can quickly overwhelm smaller watercourses and further exacerbate inundated areas.” 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 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 very 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 affected.

Carefully monitor weather conditions and river/water levels. Monitor updates from official sources and plan safety measures and do not take unnecessary risks. Avoid driving or wading through floodwaters. Follow the instructions of government officials. 

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