Thank God the rains have stopped! The sun actually peeked a few times. The skies indeed, unlike for the past few grueling days, provided a very pleasing view. Looking down however, would disappoint you. From where I am standing, the flood in Sandoval Avenue in Pasig City has not yet receded. It is still knee-deep. The deepest parts are still waist-deep while the shallowest parts are ankle-deep.
This is not at all surprising to me because it has happened before. It actually took a month for the local government of Pasig City to pump out the flood waters in our area that's caused by Typhoon Ketsana / Ondoy in 2009. I actually have to ride a garbage truck out of my place then rent a condominium unit in GA Towers in Mandaluyong for a month. There was no electricity in that disaster in 2009 because the typhoon knocked out electrical posts. This time, there is electricity and water. That is why remaining here even with the flood outside is so much better. I just hope that the flood would not remain here for a very long time and be gone by Monday (fingers crossed).
I feel for the people living in the surrounding areas. They have to walk through these muddied waters (daily for the past few days) just to get food and potable water. To some however, this is an opportune time. Some enterprising people have created makeshift "flood transport vehicles" and charge 75 pesos (about 1.8 US Dollars) for the long trek of Sandoval Avenue.
I took some videos of what's happening around. I invite you to watch these short clips and witness the aftermath of this unusual southwest monsoon which they say is comparable to the "Great Floods" in the 1970's (i.e., specifically 1972). Well, I wouldn't know because I was just a few months old that time (ooops! did I just revealed my age? LOL). Anyway, here they are the videos:
Video 1: Sandoval Ave. is still flooded. Light vehicles could not pass through. Residents from nearby communities have to walk through the flood waters just to get food and drinking water.
Video 2: The tricycle failed to start in the flood. Some tricycle drivers tried to go through the flood but most of them failed. Bicycles fared better. Walking would be the best to tread through the flood waters.
Video 3: People are transported by large and tall vehicles. Light vehicles could not pass through the flood. I was told by passersby that the flood in the part of the avenue near the creek is still waist-deep. Some enterprising people made some makeshift "flood transport vessels".
Video 4: One of the parking lots of our condominium is situated in front of the property adjacent to Sandoval Ave.. This is the only part affected in our place. Nonetheless, we are actually trapped since light vehicles could not pass through the flood in Sandoval Ave.. It's either we walk through the flood, take the makeshift "flood transport vessels", or ride the garbage trucks.