Flash floods affect 1,600 families in Lucena

Published October 9, 2020, 2:23 PM

by Danny Estacio

LUCENA CITY – About 1,600 families from 13 barangays here were affected by floods spawned by the continuous rains that came Friday morning.

The barangays that experienced flooding were those situated near Dumacaa and Iyam rivers. These include nine barangays in Poblacion, and Barangays Market View, Cotta, Ibabang Dupay and Ibabang Iyam.

Report said that the rising tide started to be observed at 2 a.m., which sent residents fleeing their homes as the waters overflowed the banks of Dumacaa and Iyam.

Educational materials, like books, printing machines, printers, and modules at the Lucena East Elementary School that have been utilized in blended learning were submerged in floodwater.

According to the City Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office, a total of 1,662 families were affected, and 1,000 individuals were temporarily housed in evacuation centers.

Many of the residents said they barely had enough time to bring with them their belongings as they fled the surging waters. Some said they couldn’t bring their pets and domesticated animals which could have also drowned.

Fortunately, no casualty was reported.

Provincial and city officials have taken immediate action to assist the affected residents.