Floods hit Camanava, some residents leave homes

Posted at 08/20/13 3:28 PM

Photo by RG Cruz for ABS-CBN News

MANILA - Torrential monsoon rains have left many streets in Caloocan, Malabon, Navotas and Valenzuela flooded, forcing residents to leave their homes.

Caloocan City Mayor Oscar Malapitan said some 800 families in critical areas of the city have been evacuated. About 49 barangays are flooded, with some areas having floods that are waist-high.

The city is managing 4 evacuation centers. In one barangay, the government ordered a forced evacuation of 300 families.

Valenzuela City Rep. Sherwin Gatchalian said 15 barangays in Valenzuela are flooded while 1,118 families have been evacuated so far.

In Malabon, at least 200 families are now staying at Potrero Club House in Araneta Village while another 300 families are in Victoneta along East Riverside.

In Navotas, Mayor John Rey Tiangco said 20 families from 2 barangays voluntarily evacuated but will go back to their homes later today.

"All major roads passable. Flood subsiding quickly as tide level going down. All our 38 pumps still working," he said.

Tiangco also reported the following areas to be flooded.

Flood update as of 1:20 areas monitored thru CCTV: DISTRICT I R10 Manila Boundary 1-2inches, Miguel NBBN: 1-2inches BBS M. Naval: Gutter Deep,Pitong Gatang M. De Vera: Half Gutter, Strella M. Naval: 1-2 inches, A. Santiago Sipac, Half Gutter, Bumbero M. Naval: Half Gutter, P. Gabriel ELFA Area : Above Gutter DISTRICT II Padilla: Gutter Deep, Los MA Cor. M. Naval: Gutter Deep,, Los Ma M. Naval going to Gov. Above Knee Deep, Daanghari Gov to M. Naval, Above Knee Deep. Daanghari Gov. to Kapalaran: Gutter Deep, Angeles Compound: Gutter Deep, J. Roldan M. Naval: Gutter Deep

ABS-CBN went around different areas in the camanava area. In Caloocan, tire-deep floods were monitored in the EDSA-Monumento area.

Photo by RG Cruz for ABS-CBN News

In Valenzuela, parts of MacArthur Highway were rendered impassable to light vehicles because of waist-high floods. Rubber boats were deployed by local officials to assist citizens.

In Malabon's Barangay Longos, ABS-CBN joined rescue boats deployed by the local government.

Some residents refused to leave even as flood waters entered their homes already. Many of the houses there have upper floors where residents evacuate in cases of flooding.

Residents said they have lived in these areas all their lives and are used to the flooding already.

Jeffrey, a resident said: "Sanay na kasi. 2 pamilya. Meron naman kaming pangalawang higaan. Anim na bata. Dito na po kami sinilang. Sanay na kami sa baha, masaya nga kami sa baha. Pag huminto ang ulan bukas wala na ito. Sinabay lang high tide."

In Navotas, ABS-CBN chanced upon different groups of kids playing in the rains and floods. Some were swimming in the floods, using discarded pieces of cardboard as swim boards to stay afloat.