OLONGAPO City – Heavy rains and strong winds pummeled this city in the wee hours of the morning today, knocking out electric power and flooding most parts of the city, some as deep as over 3 meters.
Hardest hit as of 6 AM was Bgy. Barretto, East Bajac-Bajac ang Bgy. Sta. Rita where city govt. rescuers and SBMA (Subic Bay Metropolitan Authority) fire and rescue teams had their hands full evacuating residents, mostly women, children and the elderly.
SBMA Fire Chief Rani Magno said he has dispatched rescue teams to Bgy. Barretto and Bgy. Sta. Rita but more calls are coming in.
He said “this flood has exceeded the extent the city suffered last year at about the same period.”
Acting City Mayor Rodel Cerezo has declared classes suspended in all levels, both public and private schools.
City Mayor Rolen C. Paulino is currently in the U.S. on an official trip. (VVV)