Flood damage in Olongapo hits P2.1B-A A +A
Sunday, September 29, 2013
OLONGAPO CITY -- Mayor Rolen Paulino said the city sustained more than P2.1 billion worth of damage due to the recent flood that hit last Monday.
Paulino said the estimated damage includes residential, business, infrastructure, private and government facilities.
The estimate was done by the Engineering Department and the City Planning and Development Office.
The city suffered the worst flooding in its history because of non-stop rain brought by Habagat last Monday. Floodwaters reached more than 10 feet deep in some areas of the city.
“Sixteen out of the 17 barangay was submerged in flood water, 90 percent off the city was flooded last Monday,” Paulino said.
“We are now in the stage of massive clearing operations and relief operation,” he added.
Paulino also said a team of US Marines is surveying public schools to assess the situation and bring in proper equipment.
Five US marines from the 3rd Marine Expeditionary Brigade, including a doctor, an engineer and a logistic officer will be going around the city on Sunday for the clearing operations.
“They will help us clear the mud in affected schools so that classes can resume on Monday,” Paulino said. (Anthony Bayarong/Sun.Star Pampanga/Sunnex)