Brace for heavy downpours, possible street and flash flooding
The Trinidad and Tobago Meteorological Service (TTMS) issued an Adverse Weather Watch – Yellow Level on Wednesday 11th July, 2018 for the period Thursday 12th July, 2018 12:00 pm to Friday 13th July, 2018 8:00 pm.
Some parts of Trinidad and Tobago are experiencing heavy downpours which can result in localised street and flash flooding. There is also the possibility of landslides in areas so prone. This activity is due to an active Inter Tropical Convergence Zone (ITCZ) and high tide is expected for Port of Spain at 3:29 pm and Scarborough at 3:49 pm.
The Office of Disaster Preparedness and Management (ODPM) would like citizens to Get Ready and Stay Ready by implementing the following steps:
1. Monitor weather conditions and advisories from official sources before leaving home, school or work;
2. Pre-position sandbags around your property, especially if your area or property has a history of flooding;
3. If there are signs that flooding is about to occur near your property, move important items to a higher floor if possible;
4. After heavy rainfall, stay inside until water levels have subsided;
5. Be attentive when driving along routes in hilly areas;
6. Do not walk or drive through flood waters of unknown depth and current;
7. Do not allow your children to play outside during heavy downpours or in flood waters.
Citizens should continue to monitor the website and social media profiles of the Trinidad and Tobago Meteorological Service and the ODPM for weather forecasts, alerts, warnings and cancelations. Visit http://www.metoffice.gov.tt or wwww.odpm.gov.tt.
The ODPM reminds all citizens, if impacted by the adverse weather to contact your Municipal Corporation through its toll-free hotlines.