A resident and the vice mayor of Marikina said they did not expect typhoon “Ulysses” to cause major flooding in the city.

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Rescuers pull a rubber boat carrying residents through a flooded street after Typhoon Vamco hit in Marikina City, suburban Manila on November 12, 2020.

In an interview with DZMM Teleradyo Friday, Gilbert Gaston, a resident of Provident Village which was hit by major flooding Thursday, said the rain during Ulysses was lighter compared to (tropical storm) Ondoy in 2009.

“Nakakapagtaka lang at di naman po siya ganon kalakas ang ulan nung Ondoy (It’s just puzzling because rain this time was not as heavy as that of Ondoy),” Gaston said.

“Medyo sanay na kami sa pagbaha dito, pero ‘yung kahapon po talagang di po ine-expect na ganon kabilis at di naman po ganon ka-todo ‘yung ulan (We’re used to flooding here in Marikina, but the flood Thursday, we weren’t really expecting it since the rain wasn’t that heavy),” he added.

Vice Mayor Marion Andres agreed with Gaston, saying he personally did not expect Ulysses to cause major flooding.

“Although andiyan naman ‘yung warning ng PAGASA (Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical, and Astronomical Services Administration), ako po personally nabigla po ako (Although we received warnings from PAGASA, I was still shocked by the flooding Ulysses caused),” Andres said.

Andres said the city government unit of Marikina will distribute prophylaxis to residents for leptospirosis as many of them were submerged in flood.

“Kakausapin po ‘yung city health office (for) prophylaxis laban sa leptospiros kasi libo-libo po ang nalubog po (We will coordinate with the city health office for the prophylaxis for leptospirosis since thousands of residents were submerged in flood),” the vice mayor said.

Andres said local officials will be on the lookout for looters as many residents evacuated from their houses.

Gaston requested authorities to be stationed at the entry point of their village near the river bank.

“Pa-postehan lang ng pulis, hingian na lang po ng ID ’yung papasok para di po kami manakawan, kasi may mga nag nanakaw na din po may mga nawalan na po ng ref, nasa kalsada, nabuhat (We hope police officers can man the area so they can check everyone who enters the village since there were already residents who have lost their appliances),” Gaston asked Andres.

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