Dumaguete City was placed was placed on blue alert yesterday by Mayor Manuel Sagarbarria as Typhoon Chedeng brought heavy and continuous rains and flooding in some rivers.
Sagarbarria convened the City Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council yesterday, to map out preventative measures because of a weather forecast that said the southwest monsoon will also hit Negros Island, Antique and Southwest Mindoro.
Major spillways that include those in the barangays of Cadawinonan, Batinguel, the dumpsite in Candau-ay, and in Bagacay that leads to Colon Street Extension and Foundation University, were sealed off to prevent people and transportation from being carried downstream in the Banica River, which had overflowed.
Personnel from the city Philippine National Police and the Engineer’s Office were deployed to these areas, and iron railings have been put up to prevent people from attempting to cross the spillways.
The CDRMMC was divided into two teams and deployed to conduct roving patrols in areas at high risk of flooding.
Residents living along the Banica River have already been alerted although no evacuation has taken place yet.
The city government had earlier identified a relocation housing site in Barangay Bajumpandan for residents living along the river banks.*JFP
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