Traffic normal in MM despite floodwaters -MMDA

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The Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) on Monday said traffic remained normal despite several areas in the metropolis still under floodwaters.

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Vinzon Villarda of MMDA-Metrobase said light to moderate traffic is experienced at the southbound lane from Monumento to Boni Avenue.

He added that in Ortigas, traffic build-up has been monitored along the eastbound lane of Santolan from San Juan to Pasig.

“Traffic is smooth on all other portions of EDSA and Ortigas,” Villarda said, adding that situation in C5, Commonwealth and Quezon Avenue, are likewise normal.

For his part, Senior Police Officer 1 John Falonzon of Manila Police District-Traffic Division said Espana is not passable to light vehicles, as well as Quirino Taft Avenue until Vito Cruz.

Same goes for Rizal Avenue-Tayuman, Doroteo Jose corner Rizal Avenue, and both directions fronting the Manila City Hall along Burgos, he added.

“Plaza Sta. Cruz going to Palanca, on the other hand, has knee-deep floodwaters,” he said.

Meanwhile, Roger Nicodemus of MMDA-Flood Control Unit said the highest flood recorded was that at SM City-Sucat which had 37-inch floodwaters (waist-deep) since 12:25 a.m. up until posting.

Nicodemus said that in the list of flooded areas past midnight was South Super Highway-Buendia with 20 inches flood, he said, adding that only two areas–Maria Clara, Malabon (10 inches), and Biak na Bato, in Barangay Sto. Domingo (20 inches)—have recovered from the flooding.

In a Twitter post, MMDA said that as of 7:20 a.m., Rizal Recto has half-tire deep waters, Recto, Morayta with gutter deep, Sentosa, Macapagal with knee-deep, and Multinational with gutter-deep.

It also said that as of 7:45 a.m., Lagusnilad, Burgos/Victoria, Taft/Ayala, Finance Road, and Muralla Street in Intramuros area not passable to light vehicles.

Nicodemus earlier said that the following areas were flooded around 10 p.m. Sunday were Governor Pascual, Malabon: 10 inches; Maria Clara, Malabonn: 10 inches; Francis, Malabon: 10 inches; Gumamela Street, Barangay Roxas, Quezon City: 20 inches; Villa Espana, Araneta Avenue, Barangay Tatalon: 20 inches; Biak na Bato, Barangay Sto. Domingo: 20 inches; Rizal Avenue corner Batangas Street, Sta. Cruz, Manila: 10 inches; Altura, Sta. Mesa, Manila: 10 inches; Laong Laan, Simon, Manila: 10 inches; Lacson, Espana: 15 inches; Panay Street, Sampaloc, Manila: 20 to 25 inches; EDSA-Shaw Boulevard underpass: 8 to 12 nnches; Quirino, Osmena: 12 inches; Espana corner Maceda, Manila: 20 inches; Espana corner San Diego, Manila: 20 inches; Espana corner Antipolo, Manila: 11 inches; Pureza, Manila: 30 inches; V. Mapa: 15 to 20 inches; Quezon Boulevard tunnel (not passable to light vehicles); Pasay Road (Paseo to Amorsolo): 20 inches; Along Gil Puyat Batangas to South Super Highway (14 inches); Along Gil Ouyat Medina to Pasong Tamo (12 inches); and Barangay Magallanes, Chino Roses Extension 12 inches.

He explained a road is rendered impassable to light vehicles if floodwaters rise to over 20 inches.

Meanwhile, a road becomes impassable to bigger vehicles when waters rise to over 30 inches. PNA

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