MMDA to de-clog creek near Katipunan to prevent floods

By on October 7, 2014

MMDA Chairman Atty. Francis Tolentino. Photo courtesy of MMDA's official Facebook page.
MMDA Chairman Atty. Francis Tolentino. Photo courtesy of MMDA’s official Facebook page.

MANILA — To prevent flooding along Katipunan Avenue in Quezon City, the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) announced on Monday plans to de-clog the creek near the area.

Emma Quiambao, MMDA flood control chief, said that the stretch of Katipunan Avenue in Quezon City is included now in the agency’s list of flood-prone areas in the metropolis.

“Sa Katipunan po, binabaha na rin po ‘yun, at ‘yan po ay papuntang (Barangay) Duyan-Duyan, papuntang Lagarian at bagsak po niyan ay sa San Juan River (Katipunan also gets flooded going to Barangay Duyan-Duyan to Lagarian then to San Juan River),” she noted.

She said the agency was able to identify 20 flood-prone areas including España Boulevard, P. Burgos-Manila City Hall, R. Papa-Rizal Avenue, and Osmeña Highway in Manila; Don Bosco, South Superhighway, EDSA Megamall, Pasong Tamo Magallanes tunnel and Buendia in Makati City; C5 Bagong Ilog in Pasig City; West Service Road near Merville in Parañaque City; East Service Road near Sales St. in Muntinlupa City; North Avenue-Trinoma, NLEX Balintawak, Biak na Bato, EDSA Santolan, and Katipunan Avenue in Quezon City; Macapagal Avenue in Pasay City; and C5 BCDA in Taguig City.

Quiambao said they are planning to de-clog the creeks near Katipunan in the coming days to prevent flooding around the area.

She said most inlets and drainage systems in Metro Manila get clogged by dried leaves, garbage, and silt.

Last week, the MMDA deployed 350 personnel after evening rains flooded some parts of Metro Manila that stranded motorists and passengers.

The MMDA has also prepositioned mobile pumps and vacuum trucks along España Boulevard, Santolan, Katipunan, and EDSA Megamall in preparation for flooding.

MMDA’s flood control center prepositioned 12 mobile pumps and three dewatering trucks in critical areas and also placed around six military trucks on standby to ferry stranded passengers.