Flood enters US embassy

Posted at 08/01/12 9:09 AM

MANILA, Philippines (UPDATED) – Floods entered the compound of the United States Embassy in Manila Wednesday morning due to strong waves from Manila Bay.

Work was suspended in the embassy as operations were disrupted by the flooding. All employees were told to go home.

In its official Twitter account, the US Embassy said it “will be closed today due to flooding. The Consular Section will reschedule missed visa interviews.”

Both lanes of Roxas Boulevard from T.M. Kalaw Avenue until Quirino Avenue were closed due to floods. The Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) assigned personnel in the area to warn motorists about the floods.

The floods also caused heavy traffic in the city’s Ermita and Malate districts.

Motorists from Manila were advised to take U.N. Avenue, M.H. Del Pilar or Taft Avenue while those coming from the south were urged to pass through Mabini.

The floods eventually receded around lunch time, and Roxas Boulevard was reopened to traffic in the afternoon.– with reports from Noel Alamar, dzMM; Jeff Canoy, ABS-CBN News