Flooding hits Mandaue streets

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Friday, August 22, 2014


HEAVY rains caused floods in some parts of Mandaue City past midnight yesterday.

Felix Suico, the City’s disaster risk reduction and management officer, said the knee-deep floods subsided after 30 to 45 minutes.

No evacuations were carried out. Suico said the Mahiga Creek and the Butuanon River did not overflow.

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He said floods occurred in Barangay Guizo; on A.S. Fortuna St.; and on the corner of Albaño St. and M. Logarta St. near the North Bus Terminal around 1 a.m.

Parts of M.C. Briones St. were also inundated, particularly in Barangay Tipolo and Barangay Subangdaku.

“We had personnel roving the city during the rain to monitor floods,” Suico told Sun.Star Cebu.

He said no reports of any untoward incidents reached his office.

Suico said yesterday’s floods quickly subsided because of better drains.

“The upgrading of our drainage helped,” he said.

Glenn Antigua, assistant for operations of the Traffic Enforcement Agency of Mandaue, said a number of motorists were stranded for about an hour because of the floods.

The City’s towing truck was mobilized, he said, in case vehicles wading through the flood conked out.

They sent personnel on field around midnight when the heavy rains that lasted for about an hour started.

Floods are a perennial problem of the city. To address this, the City Government and the Department of Public Works and Highways 7 have implemented projects improving the city’s major roads and drains.

Commonly flooded roads include A.S. Fortuna St. and M.C. Briones St.

Last June, the City bought a P26-million vacuum truck to remove trash clogging the drains.

Aside from improving and de-clogging drains, the City has been working to remove riverside dwellings to avoid casualties when the rivers overflow.

According to the City Housing and Urban Development Office (Hudo), about 4,000 structures lie within three meters from the Mahiga Creek and the Butuanon River.

Some 1,200 affected house owners have been identified for relocation. They are being transferred to a 6.5-hectare lot in Barangay Paknaan.

Hudo head Tonypet Juanico said in previous interviews that the City is looking for more lots where the rest of the families can be transferred.

The City is also looking at building medium-rise condominiums for the poor families.

Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on August 23, 2014.

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