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 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.


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