When everyone thought our place won’t be hit with Typhoon Pedring, well, we were wrong. None of my relatives knew we will be experiencing it badly in our area two years after. I happened to check my Facebook early Tuesday, September 27 around 7 in the morning and saw a warning posted by Mr. Ed Piano which said:
I, then sent SMS to my relatives and officemates. Whether the statement was true or not, it’s always better to keep safe and start saving things while it’s still early. 30 minutes after I sent the SMS, my cousin Tibo came running to my house screaming “Ate, bumabaha na! Puntahan ko na sila Ninang ha?!” He was referring to my mom, who happened to be his Godmother. I actually requested him to please assist them since only my parents are staying in their house alone plus the fact that I just had an eye surgery and lifting heavy things is a no no no, yet.
Being a certified blogger that I am, I immediately took my digital camera out and starting clicking photos. Photos below were from my terrace view:
First photo was taken Tuesday morning, while the second one was around 5pm.
Above was our laundry area. First photo was taken around lunch time while the other one was 2 hours later.
That’s Tolits, in his raincoat. Tolits is a neighbor and good friend who works for the barangay and a member of the rescue team around our area. He’s the one who updates me with the situation from time to time. In fact he said, that there was a 10 y/o who just passed away due to another landslide that happened in Mabayuan. In the first photo, the flood was just knee deep while few hours later almost reached his chest.
As per my Uncle who decided to stay awake that night, the flood has slowly gone down at around 11pm.
Photos above were taken Wednesday morning. At around 9am that same day, I went out to buy canned goods, extra candles and diapers. I was home at half past 11am and downstairs was flooded again, below my knee deep.
I felt bad seeing Olongapo hit by another Typhoon like this. When this happens, I always remember the tragedy we had to face during the Mt. Pinatubo days. Even the dry market and some shops were hit by flood and strong wind. Spoke with one of my High School classmates yesterday and unfortunately, few of the shirts and tops that they were selling got wet and now all covered with mud. To think, that place was already elevated.
I’m glad we’re almost back to normal except for no electricity. There’s a news going around that we will have no electricity for 4 days due to the damage in the main line. I also learned from my cousin that Olongapo City was declared under State of Calamity yesterday.
Update: Thought you might also want to read my friend and officemate’s blogpost about Pedring.