Floods “normal” with heavy rains – Vargas

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BACOLOD CITY – Floodings in areas of the city are normal especially with the kind of volume of rains like the one experienced by Bacolod last night.

People are left stranded under SM City Bacolod – East bridge due to heavy rains. | Photo by Richard Meriveles
People are left stranded under SM City Bacolod – East bridge due to heavy rains. | Photo by Richard Meriveles

“For as long as floodwaters were able to subside within 30 minutes, that means that our drainage is working,” Executive Assistant Joemarie Vargas told DNX.

Vargas, the city’s head for the City Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office, said based on their monitoring last night, there was “gutter-level” floods along areas like those along Hernaez-Lacson, 12th and 14th Streets.

The disaster officer said gutter-level is around six inches of water, which is usual because of the heavy rains (more than 30 mm).

A tricycle crosses the gutter-high water along SM City Bacolod after a strong rainfall that lasted to almost half an hour. | Photo by Richard D. Meriveles
A tricycle crosses the gutter-high water along SM City Bacolod after a strong rainfall that lasted to almost an hour. | Photo by Richard D. Meriveles

The floodwaters around the affected areas also quickly subsided, or at least within 30 minutes.

DNX captured images of people who were stranded in SM City Mall because of the floods.

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