Warden Message No. 116
Rains Forecasted and Flood Alerts Through Thursday, October 21, 2010
U.S. Embassy Port-au-Prince issued the following Warden Message on October 19th, 2010:
The U.S. Embassy in Port-au-Prince is issuing this Warden Message to alert U.S. citizens that steady rains flooded portions of the Haitian capital over the weekend, turning streets into rivers and leaving at least 12 people dead. The Centre National de Meteorologie (CNM) forecasts rain for today and until Thursday, October 21, 2010. The CNM and the Direction Protection Civil (DPC) have issued an alert for people residing in the West, Center, Artibonite, South-East, Grand Anse, and North-West departments to be careful during thunderstorms, to watch for mudslides, and not to cross rivers during this time.
American citizens are advised to avoid these areas and should monitor media coverage to stay abreast of the situation as it develops. U.S. citizens are advised to maintain an increased level of vigilance when traveling in and around Port-au-Prince. They should be aware of their surroundings at all times and are encouraged to register with the U.S. Embassy.