A Day To Remember
Posted by BCS on September 27, 2009
I opened my eyes to a dim puplish blue sky. I looked at the digital clock on the wall above the window beside me… 5:26.
I sat up and saw the horizon glowing a pale blue and pink light. Cirrus clouds dotted an otherwise clear and pale blue background.
I put on my shoes and readied myself to head for home.
There were three of us there last night, stuck inside the office with nowhere to go. However, I was the only one who never left.
My wife told me at around 5:30 in the afternoon yesterday to just stay at the office. She told me there was no way I can possibly get home even if I could manage to get near to our place. At street level, our place was flooded chest-deep!
I was left there, alone with a couple of security personnel. Everyone wanted to go home and everyone did. I wanted so much to go home myself… but I’d be crazy to even attempt to. The South Luzon Expressway (SLEX) had already been closed at the time due to flooding.
6:30 pm. I was just sitting there at the parking area at the ground floor, thinking of how and where I’m going to get something to eat, when I saw a lone figure walk through our office building’s gate.
It was our plumber, Edwin, who had left earlier at around 2:30 pm with our manager to go home to Pampanga. “Traffic wasn’t moving, and I heard that it’d probably take us ’til tomorrow to get there” he said, “so I decided to come back.”
And so, I asked him to buy a can of sardines and, when he came back, we had our dinner at the top floor of our office building.
As we were finishing up, I saw a figure appear from the staircase. To my surprise, it was our Manager, John, who had also left earlier (with Edwin) to go home to Pampanga. “The North Luzon Expressway (NLEX) had been closed to traffic…” he said “the news said flood waters in Valenzuela are mid-bus deep!”
431 millimeters of rain fell, that’s almost a whole month’s worth of rainfall, and it all came down in just 6 hours.
I wrote a draft for this entry yesterday while waiting and earnestly hoping for the rain to stop, hoping to post it as soon as I get home. But it didn’t happen.
“Tropical Storm Ondoy (International Code Name Ketsana)
It kept raining last night up to the early hours of this morning, but there wasn’t anything about it that could have warned us of what was to come today.
Heavy rain started to fall at around 9:30 am or so (I was already at the office at the time) and I thought it would last for only a brief moment as rain as hard as that usually does. But I was wrong… very wrong. It lasted for more than six hours non-stop.
It was my first time to see rain falling as hard as that last that long.
I have been told that there’s a section in Araneta Avenue where all the cars left on the street were submerged and that only their roofs were showing!
Sadly, our house was not spared. It’s currently flooded inside to almost knee deep.
Here are a few photos my officemate took on his way to the office.”
The aftermath? Well, some streets are still flooded, a huge section of asphalt has been peeled off the road near the intersection of West and Quezon Avenues, debris are almost everywhere, and our home is in shambles (water eventually rose to nearly a meter deep inside our house after I wrote that).