15 Dagupan villages submerged in floodwater due to monsoon rains

DAGUPAN CITY — At least 15 barangays in the city were inundated as a result of days of monsoon rains, the City Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office (CDRRMO) said Tuesday night.

Barangay Malued was the most affected with four feet of floodwater.

Malued Barangay Captain Filipinas delos Santos reported that at least 29 families composed of 95 persons were evacuated to safer grounds. They came mostly from the flood-prone Sitio Fisheries where floodwater reached four feet.

Based on CDRRMO report, flood was at three feet in Sitio Calarin, one foot at Sitio Claveria and four inches high at Sitio Malta.

Also flooded are Arenos Road and Sitios Patalan, Boquig and Tokok in Barangay Bacayao Sur.

Purok 4 of Lasip Chico and Sitio Ilokano of Calmay were 2 feet deep, Sitio Careenan of Poblacion Oeste, 1.5 foot-deep; Pantal Centro and Patalan 1 foot-deep each; Sitio Patalan of Bacayao Norte, 1 foot-deep; and Lucao Interior, also 1 foot-deep, while Millora, 6 inch-deep.

Other barangays underwater are Tapuac (Greenfields), 6 inches; Mayombo (Insider), 6 inches; Pogo Grande (Sagur), 6 inches; Lasip Grande (Banaoang), 6 inches; Pogo Chico (Guilig), 5 inches; Barangay I (Centro), 4 inches; and Herrero-Perez (Purok 6A and 6B), 4 inches.

Classes were suspended for three consecutive days from Aug. 15-17 in all levels.

All national roads/barangay roads are still passable to all types of vehicle but motorists were advised to take the De Venecia Highway instead of passing through Barangay Malued.

No casualty was reported although the wall of Bonuan Binloc BLISS Elementary School collapsed.

Mayor Belen Fernandez has urged the Department of Public Works and Highways to construct a flood gate at the De Venecia Highway to redirect the flow of floodwater passing down to the nearby river instead of flowing down to Barangays Lasip Chico, Malued and Tapuac. PNA/northboundasia.com