ODPM issues warning: Start sandbagging if living along Caroni River Basin

The Office of Disaster Preparedness and Management (ODPM) is advising persons residing in low-lying areas with a history of flooding, to commence precautionary measures to reduce the impact of flash and riverine flooding.

Communities with a history of flooding, especially along the Caroni River Basin are urged to commence sandbagging and to take the necessary steps to preserve life and property.

The ODPM says persons should remain alert for rising river levels and possible over-spill.

The ODPM says it has received reports of significantly high river levels across Trinidad. 

The Trinidad and Tobago Meteorological Service (TTMS) has advised that river levels are expected to rise further as more rainfall is forecast over the next several days.

Riverine flooding occurs when water levels in a river over-tops its banks and spills onto surrounding areas. This type of flooding is more widespread and usually lasts for several days.

The ODPM says it has also observed social media images and videos of persons taking unnecessary risks by driving through flood waters.

The ODPM is also advising persons to desist from driving or walking through flood waters. Vehicles do not provide adequate protection from flood waters. Vehicles can be swept away or may stall in flood waters.

The Met Office has issued an Adverse Weather Alert Orange Level for Trinidad and Tobago for the period Thursday 18th October, 2018 at 10:00 a.m. to Sunday 21st October, 2018 at 8:00 p.m. 

Additionally, a Riverine Flood Alert #1 – Orange Level is in effect for communities located along Trinidad’s main river courses and associated tributaries, for the period Thursday 18th October, 2018 at 6:00 p.m. to Tuesday 23rd October, 2018 at 12:00 p.m.  Orange level means that you should prepare to safeguard yourself and your property.

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