Riverine Flood Alert (Yellow Level) Issued For South, Central Trinidad

Key Messages:
— A Riverine Flood Alert Yellow Level is in effect from 11:00 PM Friday through 3:00 PM Saturday for “Area around smaller tributaries in central and southern parts of Trinidad.” Note that the Gandia River has been out of its banks for the last 18 hours, flooding parts of Chin Chin and Cunupia.
— Over the last 12-15 hours, between 2 to 5 inches (50 to 125 millimeters) of rainfall has fallen across parts of Southern, Eastern and Central Trinidad. Heavy rainfall forecast to persist through the first half of Saturday, and in conjunction with high tides, riverine flooding is possible.

The Riverine Flood Alert

As we’ve been monitoring, minor streams and tributaries are already out of their banks across parts of Central and Southern Trinidad

With high tide later this evening at 6:05 PM and minor tributaries breaking its banks, the Trinidad and Tobago Meteorological Service has issued a Riverine Flood Alert (Yellow Level) at 3:35 PM Friday.

The alert is in effect from 11:00 PM on Friday 21st August 2020 through 3:00 PM Saturday 22nd August 2020. Note that heavy showers and thunderstorms persist, with additional activity forecast over the next 24 hours due to Tropical Storm Laura‘s influence on our atmosphere, exacerbating the flood situation.

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 21st-22nd August 2020.

Smaller rivers/tributaries, especially in central and southern areas of Trinidad, are likely to continue rising and possibly overflow as a result of recent rainfall activity. Further rainfall is expected overnight and this can exacerbate the situation . We are also monitoring the major river courses, but their levels are below threshold values at this time.” 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.

Carefully monitor weather conditions and river/water levels. Monitor updates from official sources and plan safety measures, including emergency supplies of food and water. Do not take unnecessary risks. Follow the instructions of government officials.

Image Credit: Trinidad and Tobago Meteorological Service
Image Credit: Trinidad and Tobago Meteorological Service
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