Rains trigger floods in Zambo; Celso inspects flooded areas PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 17 January 2011 12:04

Mayor Celso Lobregat Saturday afternoon alerted concerned member-offices of the City Disaster Coordinating Council (CDCC) on possible relief operations following the heavy downpour that battered the city.
Mayor Lobregat personally proceeded to the flooded sites to look at the situation and to determine necessary measures to help ease the situation of the affected residents. Submerged in water were houses and structures in low lying areas in Pasonanca Kilometer 4; Marcos Drive, Morning Glory Subdivision and Sto. Nino Village in Putik and Sangali.
Assisting the mayor during the inspection were City Administrator Antonio Orendain Jr., City Engineer Luis Despalo and City Social Welfare Officer Francisco Barredo and the barangay officials concerned.
Barredo proceeded to Sangali where numerous houses reportedly submerged in water due to the swelling of the river.
No evacuations were reported as the water subsided barely an hour after the heavy rains.
Mayor Lobregat reiterated his call for the barangays to help in the  cleanup operations on all waterways in a bid to prevent flashflood in any part of the city. He likewise stressed that all obstructions that may include private infrastructures that impede the natural flow of water should be demolished for the general welfare of the constituents.
Last week, Mayor Lobregat reconvened Task Force Contra Avenida, a committee mandated to recommend anti-flooding measures, following the December 3 heavy downpour that also placed barangays Putik, Sangali, Tugbungan, Sta. Catalina and Kasanyangan among others under water.
The task force looked into causes and possible solutions to the flooding that occurred in the said areas.
During the meeting, Mayor Lobregat has instructed the City Engineer’s Office to lead in the cleanup operations on all waterways in the city in a bid to prevent flashflood in any part of the city.
He also stressed that the city government is willing to go to court to demolish private structures that obstruct or impede the natural flow of water for the general welfare of the residents and not just one or two lot owners to help resolve flooding woes in low lying areas.  
The mayor observed that most of the waterways and slope protection on riverbanks in the city are heavily clogged with garbage and other refuse materials that prevent the water from flowing freely, thus flashfloods occur. He also attributed these obstructions to the fact that there are residences on if not near the waterways and slope protections. -- Sheila Covarrubias