Massive flooding feared in Cagayan

by Ron Gagalac, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Jun 28 2012 10:21 PM | Updated as of Jun 29 2012 07:37 AM

CAGAYAN, Philippines – There were no strong winds but tropical storm “Dindo” brought heavy rains to the northern part of Cagayan Thursday morning.

The downpour caused visibility to drop to zero at times.

The Cagayan River is now only a few meters away from overflowing its banks.

“’Yung ilog medyo tumaas na ng konti kaya ito ang inaagapan namin ngayon. Pero napagsabihan na din namin ang mga tao. Alam na nila ang gagawin,” said Aparri Mayor Dr. Ismael Tumaru.

Local officials said with waters from Isabela, Quirino and Nueva Vizcaya flowing down to Aparri, it's likely that large parts of the town will be inundated if the rains continue.

“Madali kami mabaha, tapos matagal bumaba ang tubig kasi silted na nga ang Cagayan River,” said Tumaru.

Some residents have their own system on when to evacuate especially those living near the sea.

Although the waves have started to become rougher, for them, this is still normal.

“Sa experience namin ngayon kasi galing habagat ang hangin, ‘di masyadong malaki ang alon. So hindi kami lilikas,” said Nelson Marasigan, one of the residents.

In the town of Pamplona, some children still went to school despite the storm and had a hard time getting home.

Teachers were also only informed in the morning that classes had been cancelled despite storm signal number 2 being raised in Cagayan on Wednesday.

“Napanood namin sa TV na signal number 2 na, pero syempre hinihintay namin ‘yung advise ng supervisor,” said teacher Rosario Torda of Curva Elementary School.

No evacuation has been ordered and there are still no reports of flooding.

But evacuation centers are on standby should the Cagayan River overflow Thursday night. -- ANC