2 days to clear flooded Recto underpass

9 August 2012

It may take at least two days before floodwaters that filled the Recto underpass in the city of Manila can be cleared off completely.

This was reported by the office of the city mayor as Manila Mayor Alfredo S. Lim yesterday personally supervised the siphoning off of floodwaters that filled up the Lagusnilad and Recto underpasses in Manila.

City engineer Armand Andres said the floodwaters in the underpasses reached a height of 16 feet. While he projected that the waters in Lagusnilad may be cleared up by today, he said

floodwaters in the Recto underpass may take two to three days before it is completely siphoned off.

Lim said Andres could seek assistance from fire volunteers in clearing the Lagusnilad and Recto underpass with floodwaters.

Lim also appealed to the Department of Public Works and Highways and the Metro Manila Development Authority in clearing them of floodwaters.

Meanwhile, Lim also checked on the condition of flooded areas in the city including the schools and covered courts that served as evacuation centers to displaced families. He was accompanied by social welfare chief Jay dela Fuente, chief of staff and media bureau chief Ric de Guzman, city administrator Jay Marzan, Manila Police District Director Chief Supt. Alex Gutierrez, Mayor's Complaints and Action Team chief ret. Col. Franklin Gacutan and barangay chairperson Thelma Lim.