Beware of 22 most flood-prone streets
It’s always an advantage to know the big picture—but good luck on this one.
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:
España-Antipolo-Maceda in Manila
P. Burgos-Manila City Hall vicinity
Osmeña-Skyway (northbound) in Makati City
Edsa-North Avenue in Quezon City
Don Bosco, Makati
Buendia-South Superhighway (southbound and northbound)
C-5-Bagong Ilog in Pasig City
West Service Road, Merville in Parañaque City
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
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
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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