The Trinidad and Tobago Meteorological Service (TTMS) has issued Adverse Weather Alert #4 which downgrades the previous level from Orange to Yellow for Trinidad and Tobago, for today Tuesday 23rd October 2018 from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
The TTMS has advised that there is localized convective activity with upper level enhancement expected in few areas. As such rainfall is still in the forecast.
TTMS has also issued Riverine Flood Alert #3 which downgrades the previous level from Red to Orange for the period Tuesday 23rd October 2018 at 10:30 a.m. to Friday 26th October 2018 at 12:00pm. This alert applies to areas along Trinidad's main river courses and associated tributaries that are already flooded.
River levels are currently near threshold values in some parts, especially along the Caroni basin and flooding is ongoing in certain regions as well. The levels are however decreasing, but it will take some time, especially since rainfall is still in the forecast. Therefore, a high risk to public safety, livelihoods and property still exist in these areas.
The NEOC would like persons to continue to be vigilant and take the following necessary precautions to preserve life and property. Persons are advised to protect themselves and family members from contaminants in flood waters. Floodwaters may carry silt, raw sewage, and microorganisms such as bacteria, viruses and parasites. These can make food unsafe and cause diseases.
1.After heavy rainfall, stay inside until water levels have subsided;
2.. Do not walk, play or drive through flood waters of unknown depth and current;
3. If you must walk through a flood, use a stick to determine the firmness of the ground as well as the depth of the water in front of you;
4. Wear personal protective equipment, including rubber boots, rubber gloves and goggles during clean-up of affected areas. Wear closed-toe shoes, long-sleeves and full-length pants;
5. Use rubber or latex gloves to protect your hands;
6. Keep children and pets out of the affected area until clean-up has been completed.
7. Open as many windows as possible to allow air flow;
8. Thoroughly clean all hard surfaces (such as flooring, concrete, molding, wood and metal furniture, countertops, appliances, sinks and other plumbing fixtures) with hot water and household bleach solution;
9. After completing the clean-up, wash your hands with soap and clean water;
10. Wash all clothes worn during the clean-up in hot water and detergent. These clothes should be washed separately from uncontaminated clothes and linens.
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 www.metoffice.gov.tt or www.odpm.gov.tt.
WE WISH TO UNDERSCORE THAT TRINIDAD AND TOBAGO IS NOT CURRENTLY UNDER ANY TROPICAL STORM OR HURRICANE THREAT, WATCH OR WARNING.