HERMOSA, Bataan: Bataan on Thursday afternoon experienced intermittent heavy rains that caused flooding in Barangay Almacen in Hermosa town.
The rains continued intermittently on Friday before noon and went on till afternoon that placed the long stretch of the Roman Superhighway under near zero visibility, especially in the towns of Dinalupihan and Hermosa.
Almacen, that sits adjacent to a big river, was turned into a water world. Residents took either a kuliglig (used in plowing ricelands) or motorized banca (small boat) as their means of transportation.
“The flood started at 10:00 in the evening of Thursday. It is waist-deep near the barangay hall but the water in the Almacen River is deep and turbulent,” said village guard Geof.
Although the floodwater was already waist-deep in some portions, some residents described it as still shallow.
Danny Cruz, 62 and Corazon Bartolome, 60, said floodwaters in the area rose to more than 10 feet like what happened during Typhoon Ondoy and the past habagat (monsoon).
“The first floors of our houses that we already elevated were flooded and we had to stay then in the second floor,” said a resident of the village.
“Ibigay sana sa amin ang tungkulin ng gobyerno dahil ang tungkulin namin sa gobyerno ay ibinibigay naman namin [We hope government will assist us and give services due us because we render what is expected of us by government],” Cruz said when asked what the government should do given the flooding in the area.
The senior citizen said there was an ongoing dredging at the Almacen River that he said should continue until the shallow portions are dredged and its mouth to the sea widened.