Now a days most of Metro Manila roads and streets are considered as flood prone areas. When the rain pours heavily, it will surely cause hassle to the commuting public. The scenario gets worse when typhoons strike. It’s not only the commuters that are affected, but also many households that are situated in areas that are prone to flood.
During the third quarter of the year and onward, we should expect for more rain breakdowns that will make most of the roads heavily-flooded. Thus, causes more traffic jams. The traffic is the top issue in Metro Manila. The situation aggravates during rainy seasons when the roads are flooded.
Unlike other causes of traffic, flooding won’t only affect the traffic, but it can also damage the properties such as vehicles. To avoid the hassle and inconvenience due to flooding, you need to be a smart commuter or a wise driver. This can be possible by knowing the areas in Metro Manila that is prone to flood.
The Metro Manila Development Authority or MMDA has identified the flood prone areas that you should avoid:
- Buendia – South Superhighway (North and South bound)
- Burgos – Manila City Hall area
- Buendia Extension Macapagal Avenue – World Trade Center
- C-5 McKinley Road
- C-5 Bayani Road
- C-5 BCDA, Taguig City
- C-5 Bagong Ilog
- Don Bosco, Makati
- EDSA – Megamall, Pasong Tamo Magallanes Tunnel, Camp Aguinaldo Gate 3, North Avenue Quezon City
- Espana – Antipolo to Maceda in Manila
- East Service Road, Sales Street
- NLEX Balintawak – Cloverleaf
- North Avenue – Trinoma
- Philcoa Area, Quezon City
- Papa – Rizal Avenue, Manila
- Osmena – Skyway (northbound and southbound) Makati
- West Service Road, Merville, Paranaque
- Quezon Avenue, Victory Avenue/Biak na Bato
If it’s raining and you’re planning to drive, you should use apps like Waze and Google Maps so that you will determine where are the flood prone areas.
To keep the public well-informed during rainy seasons, the DOST in coordination with PAGASA and MMDA has created Project Noah. The main objective of this program is to provide accurate, responsive, and integrated disaster prevention and mitigation system to the public. Visiting the website of Project NOAH you can find photos and maps that can help you to monitor the flood-prone areas. Thus, give them early warning system.
You can also visit nababaha.com where you can keep track the flooded areas. This website collects information from Project NOAH and also includes details of disaster-prone areas.
How to be ready during flooding?
It is not enough to be well-informed. You need also to be ready to survive flooding and other unexpected disasters while on the road.
To ensure that your vehicle is protected, you should ensure to have car insurance. Keep in mind that you car can be damaged once it gets stuck in flood. Likewise, before you drive make sure to check your car and practice BLOWBAGETS.
If the weather is bad and you know that it will rain hard, as much as possible you should avoid driving your car. However, if you can’t go without your car, the best thing to do is to keep updated and drive carefully.