St Vincent: Flash flood watch issued due to strong tropical wave

By Rumi Samuel Published on September 22, 2022
St Vincent: Flash flood watch issued due to strong tropical wave

The National Emergency Management Organisation (NEMO) in St Vincent and the Grenadines urges residents and motorists in low-lying areas, areas prone to flooding, lahar or mudflows and landslide to be vigilant and exercise caution.  

A Flash Flood Watch is in effect for St Vincent and the Grenadines until 6 pm on Thursday, September 22, 2022.  

The 6 pm report from St Vincent and the Grenadines Meteorological Services stated that pockets of moderate to heavy showers, periods of light rain, gusty winds and isolated thunderstorms are anticipated across St Vincent, and the Grenadines as a robust tropical wave is affecting the islands.

So far, rainfall over an inch has already been recorded at various stations across the mainland. Models suggest that an additional accumulation of approximately 2 to 3 inches with isolated higher amounts in mountainous areas is possible within 24 hours.  

A Flood-Watch is issued when conditions are favourable, and there exists the possibility of flooding during the watch period. This flash-flood watch may be upgraded to a warning if it becomes necessary.  

NEMO is urging residents to step up their preparedness as SVG is at the peak of the hurricane season, and the soils are already saturated from the heavy rainfall over the past few days.  

All residents have been asked to be cautious, especially persons living in areas prone to flooding and landslides.  

Persons living in areas near rivers and streams such as Fitz-Hughes, Chateaubelair, Spring Village, Vermont, Buccament, Rose Place, Calliaqua, Belair, Dauphine, Arnos Vale, Marriaqua, Lowmans, Greggs, South Rivers, Dickson and Langley Park are asked to be vigilant and be prepared to evacuate at short notice if it becomes necessary.  

Residents of the red volcano hazard zone are asked to monitor the rivers and streams and avoid crossing them during heavy rainfall.  

The high wind and marine advisory also remain in effect, and small craft operators, sea bathers and persons living in the coastal areas in the Grenadine islands and mainland St Vincent especially on the eastern coast, should exercise caution and be prepared for rough seas and above regular swells.  

Persons living on the hillside and in windy areas are asked to be vigilant and guard against fallen trees, and other loose objects outside that can become missiles.  

Residents and motorists have been asked to continue to monitor and listen to updates from St Vincent and the Grenadines Meteorological Services and to exercise extreme caution when traversing areas that are prone to flooding.

Rumi Samuel

Rumi Samuel

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