Flooding Hits South Due to ITCZ, Tropical Wave 21

Between 4:00 AM and 5:30 AM, two strong thunderstorms affected Southwestern Trinidad, triggering flooding across parts of Barrackpore, Penal, and Debe with flooding still ongoing as of Tuesday afternoon. Up to 50 millimeters of rainfall fell across the area.

GOES-EAST GEOCOLOR/IR-13 Satellite Loop showing activity associated with the ITCZ and Tropical Wave 21 affecting Trinidad, Tobago and the Windward Islands. (NASA)
GOES-EAST GEOCOLOR/IR-13 Satellite Loop showing activity associated with the ITCZ and Tropical Wave 21 affecting Trinidad, Tobago and the Windward Islands. (NASA)

According to the Ministry of Rural Development and Local Government (MoRDLG), they’ve received confirmed reports of street flooding along Penal Rock Road as a result of overnight rains.

While the road is currently impassable, the floodwaters are receding and all rivers remain contained at this time.

According to MoRDLG, affected areas includes Bunsee Trace, Morne Diablo Junction and Sou Sou Lands housing development.

Flash flooding along Oropouche Road South, Barrackpore, as a stream in the area overtops its banks. Photos: Amar Deobarran

We’ve also received reports and images of flooding at Oropouche Trace South and Gooljar Trance, Barrackpore. According to reports in the area, the road remains impassable, cutting off access to 15 families.

The Oropouche South Trace, Barrackpore remains impassable as of Tuesday afternoon due to a stream overtopping its banks, which began at approximately 9:00 AM (Google Earth)
The Oropouche South Trace, Barrackpore remains impassable as of Tuesday afternoon due to a stream overtopping its banks, which began at approximately 9:00 AM (Google Earth)

Flooding began across the Barrackpore area early this morning, keeping numerous roads such as the heavily traversed Penal Rock Road impassable.

Media reports also suggest that as a result of the flooding, one farmer in the area have lost up to 700 chickens due to drowning.

Street flooding was also reported along the S.S. Erin Road at the Triple J Restaurant and Bar earlier today.

While conditions have settled by sunrise, activity associated with the ITCZ will have a secondary peak during the afternoon. Hence, additional rainfall may exacerbate ongoing flooding, possibly triggering additional street flooding, mainly across Western areas of Trinidad. Follow along for live updates.

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