A sudden heavy downpour caused many areas in Dumaguete to be submerged in floodwaters yesterday and also stalled traffic in the city.
The rains that lasted for more than an hour, started before 5 p.m. when classes were about to end and most workers were headed home.
The flooded areas were major thoroughfares of the city, like Perdices Street, Silliman Avenue, Hibbard Avenue, the Rizal Boulevard, the north national highway in front of the Capitol, and the south national highway near the Ceres liner terminal.
The Ninoy Aquino Freedom Park also had floods with water as high as two feet or more.
Some residents in Banilad and Mangnao reported that water had entered their homes, and was almost knee-deep.
Drainage systems overflowed and traffic piled up in many streets.
Motorists taking the Perdices Street towards the south national highway claimed it took about an hour for them to pass.
City officials were on standby to monitor the Banica River, and Dwight Maxino of the Energy Development Corporation said rainfall readings from the Palinpinon Power Plants of the EDC’s Southern Negros Geothermal Production in nearby Valencia town showed low level rainfall.
There were no initial reports of flooding at the Okoy River as well.
Dumaguete residents are appealing to city officials to find ways to solve the flooding problem in the city.
By 7 p.m. traffic had eased up, and in some areas, the waters had subsided but many parts of the city were still flooded.
PAG-ASA officials could not be reached for comment as of press time.*JFP
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