Heavy rains cause flooding in Baler, Aurora

BALER, Aurora — Torrential rains caused floods of up to three feet in some parts of this capital town of Aurora on Sunday morning.

Gabriel Llave, Municipal Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office chief, reported floods in parts of Sitio Gabgab, Barangay Buhangin; Riverside, Barangay Reserva; Burgos Street/Extension; Zamora Street; TESDA Riverside, Barangay 5; San Roque, Barangay Pingit; Sitio Dupax, Barangay Suklayin; Sitio Baclaran, Barangay Suklayin; and Gloria Street, Barangay Suklayin.

Residents along Gloria Street told the Philippine News Agency that since Saturday morning, they experienced flooding due to continuous rainfall.

Located along the said street are the local office of the Bureau of Internal Revenue, a gasoline station, lending, wholesaler/groceries, bakery, restaurants, car wash, ukay-ukay (2nd hand clothing), and other kinds of businesses.

Barangay Kagawad Francisco de Asis, chairman of Finance and Appropriations committee of Barangay Suklayin, said that the provincial government has provided allocation for the improvement of the drainage canal along Gloria Street which will be implemented in 2017.

The MDRRMO also reported that the river overflowed in the bridges along Sitio Dicaloyungan, Barangay Zabali and Barangay Obligacion, making the areas not passable as of 9 a.m.

Llave said that they are continuously monitoring all low-lying areas in Baler.

He also reminded the public about the observance of the color-coding scheme which indicates the gravity of the incoming calamity wherein the major purpose is to give alarm signals to save lives.

Llave explained that every pole is painted up to six-feet high starting from the ground. From the base, the color yellow is applied two feet high, followed by green for another two feet and red in the last two feet.

He reiterated the color messages where yellow means every family must prepare for possible evacuation; green means everyone should seek high ground while red alert means residents need to flee and relocate to evacuation center to prevent loss of lives. Jason de Asis/PNA-northboundasia.com