I was both amazed and baffled last Monday night when I looked at Taft Avenue from the platform of LRT – Pedro Gil Station. The whole stretch of Taft Avenue is submerged in floodwaters! My great dilemma was the fact that I have to go down the LRT station and brave that ultra-mega-super-filthy flood.
I left that area of Taft Avenue with my sock soaked with disgusting floodwaters. Even my beloved and her sister, whom we fetched from the nearby Robinson's Mall, were not spared. They also braved the flooded Taft Avenue.
The rains and floods that Monday night is just the beginning of the calamity brought by the “habagat” winds. I woke Tuesday morning just to see that major parts of Metro Manila were submerged by floodwaters. People from low-lying areas were evacuated. Many people died by electrecution,drowning and landslide.
I decided to go back to work on Thursday even though many areas are still flooded. Employees, like me, were forced to go work because the government didn't suspend work in government and private offices.
I knew something was amiss when the bus conductor told us that they will be cutting their trip at Blumentritt Street. It only meant that España Boulevard is still flooded. I was not wrong.
I was forced to go down Blumentritt Street because the bus driver didn't want to brave the flooded España Boulevard. Passenger vehicles are rare so I decided to walk the remeining stretch of España Boulevard despite the flood.
There are a lot of people who waded through the flood of España Boulevard. Most of them are workers who didn't to be late for work. Fortunately, the flood along the side of the boulevard was just as high as my thighs. I might have turn back if the flood rose higher than my hips.
The trains of Philippine National Railways (PNR) continued its operations. Passengers of PNR are fortunate during that day because of it.
I saw some buses that passed through the floods of España Boulevard. I am dismayed when I saw those bus. The bus that I had ridden earlier should have braved the flood for the sake of the passengers. The operator of Universal Guiding Star is such a chicken.
I know that my ordeal is about to the end when I reached the University of Santo Tomas (UST).
UST is one school worst hit by floods. According to news reports, Floods entered UST Hospital and many patients had to be transferred to the upper floors.
Morayta is the last part of my journey. I climbed the footbridge to see the extent of the flood. Here is what I saw:
Many people used the flood to earn some money like the people who made this bridge:
I am glad to see that there is no flood at Lerma Street. I am so happy to walk on flood-less street.
The underpass under Recto Avenue became another big swimming pool. The water in the underpass was gone when I passed yesterday morning.
Walking along the flooded España Boulevard is a great experience for me though I will not do it again in the future.