Yellow Level Riverine Flood Alert in effect

The T&T Meteorological Services has activated a Yellow Level Riverine Flood Alert, as at midday, today.

The Alert will remain in effect until 2:00 pm tomorrow, Thursday 12 December.

According to the Met Services team, light to moderate rainfall is expected to continue intermittently over the next several hours.

They warn that landslides and landslips are possible in areas so prone.

In addition, while the main river courses remain contained at this time, smaller rivers and/or tributaries can reach maximum capacity leading to flooding in surrounding areas.

Flooding in south Trinidad

Floodwaters have started to rise in several parts of Penal following several hours of consistent rainfall, and Chairman of the Penal/Debe Regional Corporation (PDRC), Dr Allen Sammy, expects flooding to worsen today.

He said several areas—including Scotts Road, Rock Road and Clarke Road—already have as much as three feet of water.

He said low tide is expected in the next two hours, but that will do little to alleviate the rising floods.

Dr Sammy told us PDRC teams already are on the ground, and that the region’s Disaster Management Plan has been activated.

Paltoo: “UNC ‘forces’ were against me…”

Former UNC councillor, Khublal Paltoo, says the reason he crossed the floor to join the PNM back in October, is because forces within the UNC were working against him.

During an interview with Guardian Media earlier today, Paltoo said he was accused by the UNC of not serving his burgesses, which include St Augustine South, Piarco and St Helena.

The controversial councillor pointed to one instance where the party claimed that he did not represent the people. It was following last year's flooding.

Govt moves further on national plan for floods, climate change

While en­dors­ing the need for a "na­tion­al con­ver­sa­tion" on peren­ni­al flood­ing, a re­lease from the Min­istry of Plan­ning and De­vel­op­ment has in­di­cat­ed that the Town and Coun­try Plan­ning Di­vi­sion (TCPD) has tak­en fur­ther steps to cre­ate Spa­tial Plan­ning Guide­lines to guide na­tion­al de­vel­op­ment ac­tiv­i­ties for Cli­mate Change Adap­ta­tion and Flood-prone ar­eas.

Storm brings month’s worth of rain in one day

Al­most an en­tire month’s worth of rain fell in T&T be­tween Sat­ur­day evening and yes­ter­day.

This was con­firmed by Min­is­ter of Pub­lic Util­i­ties Robert Le Hunte dur­ing a press con­fer­ence at the Min­istry of Na­tion­al Se­cu­ri­ty’s Tem­ple Court yes­ter­day af­ter­noon.

Prepare for flooding

Parts of Trinidad and Tobago can expect flooding over the next two days.

This is according to CNC3 News weather anchor Kalain Hosein, who said heavy rainfall is forecast across both islands although the most intense rainfall is expected over the northern parts of Trinidad. 

These areas include the East/West corridor, Caroni River basin and Oropouche River basin.

Over the last four hours, parts of northern Trinidad have experienced 25-50 millimetres of rainfall. 

People who live or work in these areas are advised to take the necessary precautions.