The sunburn on my nose and forehead has begun to peel. No, I did not go to the beach. Who would go in this weather?
Saturday Surprise: Flash FloodWe had so many things planned for that weekend: maybe a barbecue lunch, dinner out to a fancy resto, a movie, some errands perhaps, or a relaxing massage - but our weekend activities was decided for us instead by Ondoy.
I wanted to sleep-in that Saturday morning (I drove home from Batangas the night before) but was woken up early by my worried girlfriend Liz: her sister Belle lives in Pasig too, and the flood in their area is rising fast. My dad and I had a quick coffee and tried to make our way to Belle's house. One of my Uncles volunteered to drive my Lolo's Tamaraw FX for us - we needed a high enough vehicle. The traffic was horrible. When we finally reached Ortigas Extension via East Bank Road, the FX could no longer move forward because there was already about a meter deep water. Even on foot, the water was already too deep to traverse. We saw one vehicle being pushed across - it was the only one that tried.
We went home and decided to wait it out until the water went down. Anyway, we knew Belle was fine, their building had 3 floors and all that. Little did we know our troubles had only begun. When we went back again after some lunch, the water had not subsided...and it even increased. We were stuck on East Bank Road and there was no way to get onto Ortigas Extension without swimming through waist deep water. We talked to a few people and they told us that the water further up Ortigas Extension went up to about 12 feet. No one was going to take us across.
Our not so lucky street
When turned into our street, the water had risen to knee deep. Our lucky street which has never ever flooded before is now a river. Plant boxes, basins, shoes and slippers, and other items were floating down our street. The water level was rising fast.
It was the cockroaches that got to me. They were trying to find higher ground much like we were, and they chose to go to our garage. How many cockroaches have you seen flocked together like flies on a wire? There was more than a hundred cockroaches there on our hose, on the walls, on the faucets.
Thankfully, the water stopped rising just 6 inches short of our front door. The other houses on our street were not as lucky. =(
Belle and baby, soaked and strandedAs early as Saturday afternoon, Liz had already lost contact with Belle. Belle, who just had a C-section about a month ago when she gave birth to Baby Johann was alone. Her husband was at work with their other daughter, a 3-year old girl, and the Yaya was on a holiday.
When the flood water began rushing inside their apartment, she picked up the baby and called her husband on the cellphone. Minutes later, she barely managed to switch off their electricity, grab the baby's things and her office laptop before she ran to the 2nd floor of the apartment building. The water rose too quickly for her to save anything else.
During the whole ordeal, she was not contactable, the landline phones were out, the cellphones had very little or no signal at all, the electricity was cut, they had no change of clothes, and they had very little food remaining. We were worried sick about what could have happened.