It has been almost 12 hours of near-constant rainfall across Trinidad. Street and flash flooding have affected nearly every area across the island, from Guayaguayare to Palo Seco to La Filette to Diego Martin.
Floodwaters continue to rise across Penal, Debe, Barrackpore and Siparia with a number of roads affected on the western side of the island. As rainfall continues, the highest impact area is deep Southern Trinidad, where high floodwaters have rendered the Penal Road impassable. Flooding has also been reported in Mayaro along the Guayaguayare Mayaro Road, with few areas impassable to smaller vehicles.
Across Central Trinidad, flooding has been reported as south as Claxton Bay and extending north and east to Couva, Freeport, Chase Village, Chaguanas, Endeavour, Jerningham Junction, Cunupia, Edingburgh 500, Caparo, Tabaqite, and Las Lomas.
In Northern Trinidad, street and flash flooding has occurred in the east across Tunapuna, Arouca, O’Mera, Sangre Grande, Coalmine and extending westward towards El Soccorro, Morvant, Port of Spain, and Diego Martin.
Landslides have also been reported along the North Coast Road, Curepe, and Siparia.
The Trinidad and Tobago Meteorological Service maintains the Adverse Weather Alert (Yellow Level) for Trinidad as a very active Intertropical Convergence Zone affects the country, producing widespread showers and thunderstorms. According to the TTMS, “Street flooding and localized flooding will continue. Landslides and landslips are possible in areas so prone. Smaller watercourses are near threshold capacity, but major rivers continue to be contained at this time.”
The alert asks the public to assess environmental conditions, not to wade or drive through floodwaters, monitor weather conditions, and updates from official sources.
According to the Met Office, the remainder of today is cloudy with rainy periods, and the isolated thunderstorm is forecast to become gradually settled by evening/nighttime.
Reporter: Kalain Hosein