[talk-ph] Tropical Storm Ondoy: are you guys ok?

Eugene Alvin Villar seav80 at gmail.com
Sun Sep 27 16:26:56 BST 2009

No word from maning. I tried calling his wife's cellphone but it cannot be
reached. Maybe the battery is dead. I don't know how else to contact him or
to know how they are. Ian says they live in Dona Juana Subdivision 3 (which
appears to be right across Santolan LRT station). Anyone familiar with that
area? Is that place flooded too?

On Sun, Sep 27, 2009 at 11:16 PM, Rally de Leon <ralleon at gmail.com> wrote:

> I just arrived from Cainta to check on my in-laws. The town has no
> power, no water, no cell signal, no landline, no atm, no open gas
> stations, and mud all over.
> Our house in Taytay is not that low (and it used to be 1-meter higher
> than street when my family moved in 1972, now our gate is about
> 6-inches lower than street level), and muddy flood water managed to
> enter our house and office. No major damage because it happened at a
> time during office hours (and were able to ask lots of help from
> people to move things to the 2nd floor)
> This already happened about 5 years ago and I learned my lesson. Most
> of my important paper files, personal stuff and books got wet. So I
> imposed an office-rule (it's beside my house) that everything (files,
> electronics, extension cords, etc) must be stored 12-inches above
> ground in case something like this happens again. All our cabinets are
> no lower than 14" from ground. I always thought that should flood
> inside our house reaches12-inch deep, then it's a major catastrophe,
> and it's very unlikely to happen. I can be wrong. Now I think I'll
> amend the rule to 2feet-above ground. Disaster records always get
> broken, and it's just a question of when. Although this simple flood
> precaution (that works in my area) won't work in Cainta, Pasig and
> Marikina.
> BTW, When I saw on tv the level of flood at gate of provident village,
> I already imagined what happened to Ed's house (because it's a
> bungalow). Well, I think if houses are to be built (or rebuilt in that
> area), houses should have a 2nd or 3rd floor (with CR and small
> overhead tank that can operate without power and make-shift kitchen)
> and it should have an upperfloor exit so you don't get trapped during
> flood. If you happen to have a small plastic boat or any floating
> device or raft (or powered boat or jetski), then have them permanently
> tied to a strong rope or chain in the garage (for emergency use), so
> that it doesn't get carried out by the flash flood. These provisions
> are not O.A. when you live in marikina or any where between the areas
> Marcos Highway, Imelda Ave and Ortigas Ave Ext., because catastrophic
> floods in these areas are always bound to happen (just a couple of
> years apart). Gardens, cars, computers can be repaired, but I can only
> imagine what it's like to lose the sentimental stuffs, mementos,
> diplomas, writings, diaries, notes, land titles, old pictures,
> hard-earned furniture, paintings, etc to muddy water damage or totally
> lose them to the river. Although, they compare nothing to lose of life
> & love ones (like many people interviewed on tv). It's really a sad
> day.
> Thank God, Ed and his family are safe now. Ed maybe strong, but let's
> help them (and others affected) anyways so they can get back to their
> normal lives in the soonest possible time. ...our real way of thanking
> God, that we are also safe.
> Any news on maning?
> -rally
> On Sun, Sep 27, 2009 at 8:29 PM, Eugene Alvin Villar <seav80 at gmail.com>
> wrote:
> > Update: Rally and his family are safe in their house in Taytay. Water
> > entered their house but it was only 3 inches deep.
> >
> >
> > On Sun, Sep 27, 2009 at 6:55 PM, Eugene Alvin Villar <seav80 at gmail.com>
> > wrote:
> >>
> >> Update: I got this news from Eric Punzalan over at the WaypointsDotPH
> >> Yahoo! Groups:
> >>
> >>> FYI
> >>>
> >>> Our friend Ed Garcia's house has been under water, completely, since
> >>> yesterday.
> >>> He managed to escape the waters by taking shelter in a neighbor's house
> >>> (second floor).
> >>>
> >>> I lost contact with him yesterday afternoon after he sent an SOS
> message.
> >>> They were all safe as of that time and were preparing to move up to the
> >>> roof as the waters kept rising.
> >>>
> >>> We could not get to their village to help due to flood waters.
> >>
> >> Rem also mailed there to say that he went to Marikina to do coverage for
> >> his newspaper. He tried looking for Ed's house but was unsuccessful.
> >>
> >> Maning also lives in Marikina. I have no word about him and his family
> >> yet.
> >>
> >> :-(
> >>
> >>
> >> On Sun, Sep 27, 2009 at 1:10 AM, Eugene Alvin Villar <seav80 at gmail.com>
> >> wrote:
> >>>
> >>> Maning, Ed, Rally and others in Marikina, Pasig, Cainta, etc. are you
> >>> guys ok?
> >>>
> >>
> >>
> >>
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> >
> >
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