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5 hours ago, OnMyWay said:

That area probably got it good.  Did you see the video of SCTEX in that area?  Your family is probably safe as I have not heard of any serious casualties.  Drinking water is also a problem as many wells are flooded and not safe.

Here is another video:

 

That looks as though it was filmed just across the rice lands from our place.

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2 minutes ago, Gary D said:

That looks as though it was filmed just across the rice lands from our place.

I think I know that area well.  When I go back and forth to Angeles, I sometimes go back to Subic right around sunset, and I have always wanted to get a good photo of the sunset reflecting on the rice ponds.  I have never gotten the timing right yet.  The water got very deep to get up and over SCTEX there, although it is a low point on SCTEX.

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Looks like I picked a bad time to consider moving to Subic!

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10 minutes ago, PakWaan said:

Looks like I picked a bad time to consider moving to Subic!

Not if you own a boat :hystery::hystery::hystery:

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3 hours ago, PakWaan said:

Looks like I picked a bad time to consider moving to Subic!

Not really.  I think Olongapo used to flood a lot more.  They had the same flood in 2013 (Santa Rita river goes over it's banks) and they have been improving the riverbeds and canals since then.  Dredging, building walls, etc.  The work is still ongoing and probably will not be done for years, but at least they are improving.

They recover quickly.  In 2013 I drove downtown the next day and you could barely tell that anything happened.  The people in the flood prone business areas are quick and smart about getting their goods out of harms way, as long as the water doesn't get too deep.  Everything is built out of concrete so that tolerates flooding well.  The poorer low lying residential areas are another story.  Santa Rita area is one.  People can afford to will not live in those areas due to the flood risk, but poor people have no choice.  They also are good at managing, and many move everything to 2nd floor, but the area is a total mess afterwards and takes much longer to get back to normal.

If you live in the Freeport, there is only minor street flooding.  The 2-3 deep water at the one entrance of our Kalayaan community is the one exception.  If you have a 4X4 with good height, you can go through.  Others try.  Some make it, some not!  Up on our hill, the drainage was all designed by our U.S. Navy and can handle a lot of rain coming down the hill.  It pools at the bottom by that entrance, thus the problem there.

I will accept a few months of monsoon rain every year in exchange for the peaceful living I have in Kalayaan!  Add by edit:  Also, this side of Luzon is fairly protected from major typhoon winds.  The typhoons, even if not in this area, often suck the monsoon over us, causing the rain issues.

I might go into Olongapo later and if possible, take some pics.

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On 7/23/2018 at 11:05 AM, OnMyWay said:

Olongapo City downtown yesterday!

 

Went downtown today.  Here is a picture of City Hall today, same area as the video above, but a different angle.  I saw a news video of them cleaning up with power washers and fire truck hoses, but other areas are not quite so clean yet.

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City market area and just west where it was also flooded.  Business as usual today.  Lots of dirt and some mud around.

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We are a bit ticked off because our Freeport schools are cancelled again tomorrow, for the 3rd day in a row.  For some reason, they fall under the Olongapo mayor's jurisdiction for school closures.  He may have reasons for staying shut in Olongapo because some schools were flooded, but all the schools in the Freeport are unharmed and should be open.  We went to SM Olongapo this evening, and it was jam packed with people, so it is not like the Freeport school staffs are so hard hit they can't come to work.

 

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On 7/23/2018 at 8:30 AM, Queenie O. said:

That's too bad OMW about all that monsoon rain. I've seen the awful flooding in Manila and surrounds lately too. Is it true that in Luzon in general it gets pretty rainy most of the rainy season?  Not easy for business and property damage, and just plain getting around.  Last year in Cebu, we had a long rainy season, with rain most days. Generally here though, it's sunny with a cloudburst every few days, but then followed by sun.

Queeny, I'm near Naga CamSur on Luzon and while we get rain, not evidently like OMW is experiencing. No flooding here as far as I can tell.

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