Almost an entire month’s worth of rain fell in T&T between Saturday evening and Monday.
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.
“Putting it into context in Piarco for example for the month of September from the 1st to the 21st of September we had 89.8 mm of rainfall. From 2 pm yesterday to 3 pm today, one day, we had 71.5 mm of rainfall giving you a total of 161,” said Le Hunte, who explained that it was even greater in Tobago where massive flooding was seen in part of Scarborough.
“If you look at what happened in Crown Point with regard to the measurement. In the case of Crowne Point, for the month up to the 21st of September you had 90mm of rainfall, but for the particular day from the 21st to the 22nd you had 132mm or rainfall giving you a total of 222mm at Crown Pointe,” he said.
The minister explained that usually 171 mm of rainfall is recorded on the island in September, which meant that close to 80 per cent of the average rain for the month came in just about one day.
Minister of Local Government Kazim Hosein said Diego Martin, which had seen numerous flash floods, had received the largest battering with 66 millimeters of rain recorded between 11 am and 1 pm.
Le Hunte said while the rains did go a long way to helping the status of our reservoirs, many of which had been below 50 per cent of its reserve, there was still a need for more water to bolster the levels.
The rains, which came as Trinidad and Tobago were under the influence of the outer bands of Tropical Storm Karen, caused flooding and left the country at Riverine flooding alert level red yesterday evening.