ILIGAN CITY – The Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) particularly its Lanao del Norte 1st District Engineering Office activated its emergency response teams as early as Sunday afternoon, Mar. 6, 2022, to respond to rising flood waters in Barangay Tacub, Kauswagan town.
The teams composed of personnel from the Maintenance Section were later dispatched in other flood-stricken areas like barangays Buru-un, Fuentes, Mahayahay, Maria Cristina, Suarez, Ubaldo Laya, Tubod, Del Carmen, Sta. Felomina, San Roque, Abuno, Digkilaan, and Rogongon, all in this city.
“We had to control traffic flow and help guide motorists to alternative routes since many of our major bridges became impassable. We worked until the following day to ensure that roads and bridges are passable to allow motorists to return to their worried families; and for our security forces and rescue teams to perform their duties”, declared District Engineer Alykhan Ali of DPWH.
Among the operations conducted by the emergency-response teams include road clearing, canal and drainage declogging, bridge clean-up and traffic management.
“We are thankful to our support teams for ensuring that our responders are well-fed and well-equipped to handle the herculean tasks during the widespread natural disasters”, expressed Maintenance Chief Efren Tulod.
The two days of intermittent rain forced hundreds of families to evacuate to safer grounds as communities became flooded in Iligan City.
The state weather bureau earlier issued an advisory about heavy rainfall over Lanao del Norte and the cities of Iligan and Marawi, lasting until the wee hours of Monday due to a low-pressure area.
Coastal towns in Lanao del Norte like Tubod, Kolambugan, Bacolod and Maigo were spared from the severe effects of the LPA.
DPWH also provided vehicles to local rescue teams to allow them to reach flood-victims in remote barangays. (DPWH/VNL-PIO)