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Meteorologist: Weather typical for rainy season
Duty meteorologist B Ramdatt said residents in the north-western peninsula were affected by “typical rainy-season weather.” He also said tropical depression Number Seven had degenerated into a tropical wave. Interviewed yesterday, Ramdatt said, “We are in the rainy season. We would get heavy rainfall. Diego Martin had street or flash flooding. The runoff was slow when compared to riverine flooding. The river courses are not clean. Even if you have 10mm of rainfall, there would have been flooding.”
A release issued by the Met Office at noon underscored that T&T and Grenada and its dependencies were not under any storm watch, threat or warning. It said, however, “Heavy rain and wind gusts are still possible across portions of the Lesser Antilles; especially the Windward Islands.”
Another release issued by the Office of Disaster Preparedness and Management (ODPM) gave some tips for citizens affected by bad weather. Residents at La Horquette Valley Road were advised to find safer shelter and move to higher ground. Residents should ensure they were safe and take all precautions to preserve life. Generally, citizens are advised:
• after heavy rainfall, stay inside until water levels have subsided and it is safe to venture outside;
• do not walk/drive through flood waters; and
• be cautious when walking, driving along hillsides or landslide-prone areas.
Citizens can contact the ODPM at 800-6376 or 511 for assistance. If anyone is marooned or affected by this flooding, they must contact the municipal corporation. The release said the OPDM would continue to monitor and co-ordinate with first-responder agencies, including the Fire Services, Defence Force and the municipal corporations so immediate assistance can be rendered.
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