Flashflood 2006

The floods came early this year. Here’s some snips from inq7.net. The italicized parts are my additions.

“In Aurora province, heavy rains have submerged all 24 villages in Casiguran town under two to eight feet of floodwaters, and triggered landslides that isolated the northern parts of the province, Gov. Bellaflor Castillo-Angara told the Inquirer by phone. The flood, the second to hit Casiguran in three weeks, has forced 25 families to evacuate to the town hall. Four rivers that cut through the town have overflowed.”

The last flash flood that hit Casiguran was on December 27-28, 2005. Mayor Bitong of Casiguran said in a radio interview yesterday that this one is worse. He said that the cause of the frequent floods is the logging operation in the area. The Dicadi (Dinalungan-Casiguran-Dilasag) area is now isolated again and the roads are still unpassable.

“In Baler, the capital town of Aurora, floodwaters in Barangays Buhangin and Cabcab rose up to seven feet on Wednesday night, forcing residents there to flee to high grounds. The water began subsiding on Thursday.”

That Cabcab is Sitio Gabgab in Buhangin. Other areas affected in Baler were Brgy. Obligacion, some parts of Calabuanan, Brgy. Pingit, Sitio Kinalapan, Bognoyas (Buhangin-near the cemetery), Puduk and Binilwag (Monrio), Pulo (Zabali), some parts of Duungan (Burgos St. near TESDA) and Reserva. AV Mijares Elementary School was also flooded. A portion of the riprap wall in Kinalapan River also gave in and part of the overflow bridge in Dicaloyungan was damaged.

“Floodwaters in Diteki and San Isidro villages in San Luis reached up to four feet.”

San Isidro was heavily flooded – again. Other flooded areas in San Luis are Ditumabo and Real. A person was electrocuted in San Isidro.

“Angara said that while landslides cut off the road network to Casiguran, Dinalungan and Dilasag towns, central Aurora continued to be accessible through the Pantabangan-Canili Road via Nueva Ecija. The Bongabon (Nueva Ecija)-Baler Road was not passable.”

The Pantabangan-Canili Road is “hardly” passable.

“Rampaging waters washed away the steel bridge in Dibacong in Casiguran and a temporary bridge in Villa, Ma. Aurora.”

The Cabituculan area in Ma. Aurora was also flooded – for the first time.

There were also reports of flooding in Dingalan. A person was also reported missing in Dingalan.

from inq7.net: ‘Agaton’ brings rains, landslides to villages
from journal online: Floods hit 26 villages in Aurora, Ecija

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earlier:

Landslide warning devices installed in Aurora

About kidlat

Joseph T. Gonzales, aka Kidlat is the creator of Batangbaler, the website and online community of all the scattered Balereños and Aurorans on Earth. He is based in Baler.

6 thoughts on “Flashflood 2006”

  1. Dear Kidlat,

    I have been in Aurora for more than a decade.I was one of those who contribute in development of irrigation facilities in some places of your province.I still remember one instances in Casiguran where there is a public dialogue about logging in the town hall.Kasi nga ay bumaha at nagtatalo kung sino ang may sala.Ang sabi nila dahil daw sa amro dam.Kaya bugbog sarado and mga taga NIA.Ang hindi alam ng tao ang dam ay pangregulate lang ng tubig hindi para pigilan ang daloy nito.Hindi nila alam na ang salarin ay ang walang patumanggang logging sa itaas ng amro.Kung mapapansin nyo ang kabayanan ng casiguran ay napapagitnaan ng mga bundok ng amro ng manggitahan at ng bundok sa may kulat .Kapag itong tatlong bundok na ito ay hindi nakayanang ihold ang tubig ulan at sabaysabay na nagluwal ng tubig at sasabayan pa ng hightide na galing sa luwal ito ang tinatawag na disaster.Sino ngayo ang maysala.Ang IDC po at ang DENR.Tingnan po ninyo ang kabuhayan ng lahat ng taga DENR na taga Casiguran.Walang mahirap dyan.Sila po at ang mga tga IDC ang dapat na gawing sand bags kapag may baha.Sana po ay matuto na kayo ngayon.Dapat ay tigilan ang logging at makikita nyo mangangayayat din ang mga taga DENR.

  2. Di naman. Baler-Bongabong lang ang sarado. open ang Canili-Pantabangan Road. Pahirapan nga laang. Sabi nga ng taga-Baler, pag nagbaun ka ng lipoti, kulunggu na pagdating.

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