Floods and traffic jams hit Metro Manila and nearby areas

Flooded Espana Boulevard Photo ©
Flooded Espana Boulevard Photo ©

MOTORISTS and commuters experienced heavy traffic after various parts of Metro Manila on Saturday were hit by flash floods due to heavy rainfall brought by a nearby low pressure area, the Metro Manila Development Authority said.

Leonard Bias, MMDA Flood Control Information Center chief, said the heavy downpour resulted in floodings along major thoroughfares.

Gutter deep floods caused the slow moving traffic at the intersection of Araneta Avenue and Eulogio Rodriguez Avenue and Circumferential Road 3 (C-3 Road) corner Andres Bonifacio Avenue, both in Quezon City; Quirino Avenue, Taft Avenue, Pedro Gil, Antipolo Street, Maceda Street, Padre Burgos Street, Espana Boulevard, Lacson Street and Victoria Street, all in Manila.

There were also roads that are not passable for motorists in the areas of Elliptical Circle in Maysilo in Madaluyong City, and Mother Ignacia Street and Panay Avenue in Quezon City.

The MMDA-FCIC also reported 10 inches deep flood in the City of Makati along the westbound Cloverleaf of Jose P. Rizal Street and near the University of Makati.

Commuters en route from Laguna to Manila also experienced heavy traffic along the South Luzon Expressway and along the northbound lane of Skyway in Taguig City for almost two hours.

“We were stranded along with other commuters because of heavy rains. Wet pants and wet clothes. Heavy traffic, heavy rains, heavy flooding and lower quality of lif … less productivity,” said Allison Lopez, a resident of Makati.

MMDA Chair Emerson Carlos ©
MMDA Chair Emerson Carlos ©

MMDA chairman Emerson Carlos said various parts of Metro Manila are prone to floods but waters are subsiding faster because of the government’s pumping stations and other flood control projects in the metropolis. He said more pumping stations will be built and repaired next year in the National Capital Region.

The P22-billion project was approved by the National Economic and Development Authority to address the perennial flooding in Metro Manila and neighboring areas.

Classes in all levels in both private and public schools were suspended by local authorities in the cities of Caloocan, Malabon, Taguig, San Juan, Valenzuela, Makati, Marikina, Mandaluyong, Navotas, Pasay, Paranaque, Pasig and Quezon City because of the weather condition.

Also last Friday, nine domestic and six international flights were diverted to the Clark International Airport and Iloilo Airport. The international flights affected came from Abu Dhabi, Dubai, Hong Kong Bangkok, Guangzhou and Honolulu while the domestic flights include those came from Davao, Cagayan de Oro, Dipolog, Cebu, Bohol, El Nido and Busuanga.

The Manila International Airport Authority – Media Affairs Division on Saturday clarified that there was no “runway closure” at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport.

“Diversion of flights is due to poor runway visibility brought about by the prevailing bad weather condition in Manila,” the MIAA-MAD said in its advisory.

Christian Joel Espiritu
Christian Joel Espiritu is a veteran reporter of a Manila based newspaper. A Bachelor in Journalism degree holder from the Polytechnic University of the Philippines, he started his journalism career as a reporter-trainee of the Philippine Daily Inquirer in the late 80's and early 1990's.

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