• Floods in Metro Manila subside; Lagusnilad still under water

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    With the exit of Storm “Maring,” most of the floods in Metro Manila subsided on Wednesday.

    Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) Chairman Francis Tolentino said only parts of the cities of Manila and Pasay remained submerged.

    Tolentino said Lagusnilad underpass, Taft-Remedios, Taft-Ocampo, Taft-Quirino, Otis-Unilever, Kalaw-Taft, Faura-Taft, Ayala Boulevard, San Marcelino in Manila and Barangays 180, 181, 182 and 197 in Pasay were still flooded.

    He said the local governments of Makati and Taguig have reported that floodwaters in several areas in their jurisdiction have receded.

    Based on the monitoring of MMDA’s Flood Control and Information Center (FCIC) as of 12 noon, the entire stretch of EDSA along with C-5, Marcos Highway, Roxas Boulevard, Airport Road and España are passable to all types of vehicles.

    The center said MIA-Domestic Road and MIA-Coastal Road were still gutter-deep in floodwaters but passable to all types of vehicles.

    Tolentino said eight pumping trucks from the MMDA along with those from Manila Water Company and Maynilad were help pump floodwaters out of Lagusnilad.

    He said it might take until Thursday to clear the underpass since floodwaters from the nearby Intramuros Golf Course had flowed into it.

    He said based on their estimates the underpass is under 500,000 liters of water.

    The MMDA has a pumping station in the area, but it was overwhelmed by the volume of water in the past few days.

    RITCHIE A. HORARIO

     

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