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Beware of 22 most flood-prone streets

/ 02:30 PM July 09, 2014

It’s always an advantage to know the big picture—but good luck on this one.

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As flash floods return with a vengeance, the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) has cited the 22 most flood-prone areas that commuters and motorists should avoid during a downpour.

A list issued by the MMDA on Tuesday identified them as follows:

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España-Antipolo-Maceda in Manila

P. Burgos-Manila City Hall vicinity

Osmeña-Skyway (northbound) in Makati City

Osmeña-Skyway (southbound)

Edsa-North Avenue in Quezon City

Don Bosco, Makati

Buendia-South Superhighway (southbound and northbound)

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C-5-Bagong Ilog in Pasig City

West Service Road, Merville in Parañaque City

Vehicles cross a flooded street in Manila. AP FILE PHOTO

East Service Road-Sales Street in Muntinlupa City

North Avenue fronting Trinoma mall, Quezon City

Buendia Extension-Macapagal Avenue

Edsa-Camp Aguinaldo Gate 3 in Quezon City

NLEx-Balintawak Cloverleaf

Edsa-SM Megamall in Mandaluyong City

Edsa-Pasong Tamo Magallanes Tunnel

Quezon Avenue-Victory Avenue/Biak na Bato

C-5-BCDA in Taguig City

R. Papa-Rizal Avenue in Manila

C-5-McKinley Road

C-5-Bayani Road

Philcoa area, Quezon City

Emerson Carlos, MMDA assistant general manager for operations, said flood-control crews equipped with mobile pumps and other equipment are ready for deployment in these areas.

MMDA Chair Francis Tolentino said the agency would train at least 10 barangay tanod (village watchmen) in each flood-prone area to assist MMDA traffic marshals in easing the resulting gridlock or rerouting vehicles.

The watchmen to be tapped for traffic management duties will be provided uniforms and allowances, he said.

Carlos explained that the recent street floods and resulting traffic jams were largely caused by the 77 ongoing road projects of the Department of Public Works and Highways around the metropolis. Of the 77 projects, 49 involve road diggings and drainage works.

The public could expect “a big relief” once these projects are finished, he said.

But he maintained that flooding was no longer as bad as in previous years in some cities. “Take the case of San Juan City, which was perennially a flood-prone area. With the completion of three local pumping stations, flooding there has almost become nonexistent.”

Originally posted: 3:25 am | Wednesday, July 9th, 2014

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