Overnight rains submerge parts of Metro Manila

Posted at 09/15/2012 10:13 AM | Updated as of 09/15/2012 4:42 PM

MANILA (2nd UPDATE) - Floods that inundated parts of Metro Manila on Saturday have been receding with many of the affected roads now passable to motorists.

 In Manila, floods have receded along Ramon Magsaysay Boulevard in Sta. Mesa, which was earlier reported to be waist-deep.

Likewise, flooding in some areas of Taft Avenue particularly in Kalaw, P. Burgos, Finance Road and in front of the National Bureau of Investigation and the Philippine General Hospital, is slowly going down.

However, motorists from Morayta heading to Welcome Rotunda are still being urged to take precaution as some portions of the area are still not passable to light vehicles.

Heavy traffic was also reported along the west-bound lane of España. The bottleneck starts from the corner of Maceda until Lacson Street as floods have yet to recede in these areas including M. dela Fuente Street.

The roads around Manila City Hall are now also passable to motorists.

Meanwhile, the Philippine National Railways (PNR) decided to resume its operations around noon Saturday after floods that submerged its tracks, particularly along Blumentritt, subsided.

In San Juan, the latest monitoring from the city’s Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office showed that flood waters along the corner of F. Roman and Leyva Streets in Barangay Balong-Bato are just over two-feet deep compared to the 6-feet deep as early reported.

Balong-Bato is just one of the seven barangays in San Juan that experienced heavy flooding.

However, the 102 families earlier evacuated to the San Juan Gym have yet to return to their homes.

In Parañaque City, both lanes of the Sucat Service Road are now passable after getting more than two feet of flood water.

In Pasig City, floodwaters in Pinalad Road and Caliuag Street in Barangay Pinagbuhatan rose.

From six inches, the floodwaters at Pinalad Road rose to 1.5 feet and the road is not passable to light vehicles, while the water at Caliuag Street increased from 6 to 12 inches on Saturday afternoon.

Ten to 12 inches of floodwater was recorded in other parts of Pasig like San Joaquin, Bambang, Maybunga, San Nicolas, Kalawaan and Sumilang.

Chairman Francis Tolentino of the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority earlier said that the flooding experienced in many parts of the metro was not as bad as that of the previous habagat (southwest moonsoon).

Nevertheless, the MMDA still deployed teams to rescue affected residents and provided free rides to stranded commuters.

“We have deployed libreng sakay vehicles for Taft Avenue as well as España kanina pang umaga yan,” he said.

Tolentino also attributed the flooding to the unfinished drainage works of the Department of Public Works and Highways.

“Hanggang di natatapos ito, we will be experiencing all of these,” he said.

Several schools in Metro Manila suspended classes due to the heavy flooding.

The state weather bureau has downgraded its Rainfall Warning Signal in Metro Manila from red to yellow but still advised the public to monitor the weather condition.