Flashfloods turn parts of downtown Davao City into a river

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/05 June) – Heavy rains Wednesday nights turned parts of downtown Davao City into a virtual river and caused power outage and water interruption in the Matina-Bangkal area

A passenger jeepney navigates through the flooded portion of Quirino Avenue in Davao City at around 8:30 p.m. on Wednesday night.  MindaNews Photo by Keith Bacongco
A passenger jeepney navigates through the flooded portion of Quirino Avenue in Davao City at around 8:30 p.m. on Wednesday night. MindaNews Photo by Keith Bacongco

The heavy downpour, accompanied by thunder and lightning at around 7 p.m., also caused power outage in the Matina-Bangkal area for nearly two hours, from 7:46 p.m. to 9:20 p.m. and water interruption as well in several parts of the city.

At 8:45p.m., portions of Quirino Avenue, particularly near the vicinity of Mabini  and Tiongco streets, turned into a virtual river, causing a major traffic jam.

A tree at the corner of flooded Torres and Mabini streets was uprooted.

Some vehicles en route to Quirino Avenue from  Mabini St. were forced  to turn around and pass through the Circumferential Road leading to Bacaca, causing a traffic jam en route to El Rio Subdivision.

The  city’s Disaster and Risk Reduction Management Office (DRRMO) posted at 9 p.m. the following areas as flooded:  Ecoland Phase 2, 4 and 7, SM area and Quimpo Blvd., R. Castillo, Bankerohan, near Magsaysay Park, Marfori and Matina highway.

DRRMO also noted the slight water level rise of Davao River.

At 10:30 p.m. DRRMO posted this message: “Water level at Balusong River now overflowing. Residents earlier conducted preemptive evacuation. Responders on board. Other rivers in the city are being monitored. Persistent rains in the uplands noted.”

DRRMO said in an earlier posting that the power interruption was due to an “anahaw tree touching wires fronting GSIS Matina and leaning 69kv pole in Mintal near INC Church.”

Residents from different parts of the city posted updates in the city government’s Facebook account.

Sia Greselle reported flooding in the Damosa area in Lanang, citing an overflowing creek.

Emi Yoko Labores reported flooding and water interruption in Jerome Extension, Agdao.

Charlene Gines Damuy reported flooding in Buhangin underpass.

Mark Lloyd Cayetano Mosquer reported water interruption in Ecoland Subdivision in Matina while Ellen Flores reported the same in Catalunan Grande.

Melanie Diaz Aviles  they were stranded along flooded Rizal St.  downtown while Jonarith Eborde posted this message: “Rizal extension po super baha…..”

Lyn May Sardinia  said it was also flooding in Burgos St., Barrio Obrero.

Jude Ramas  reported power outage in Ecoland –SM area. (Keith Bacongco / MindaNews)

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