BALER, Aurora -- Strong winds and heavy rains spawned by Typhoon Karen has caused rivers to overflow, rendering roads leading to northern Aurora impassable, Provincial Risk Reduction and Management Council (PDRRMC) report said.
PDRRMC officials said that as of 1 a.m. yesterday, roads leading to Baler, Casiguran and Dilasag towns were rendered impassable due to the swelling of rivers.
DPWH District Engineer Reynaldo Alconcel said also rendered impassable is the Baler-Bongabon Road in Bgy. Villa, Maria Aurora Road which connects Nueva Ecija with the province. He said DPWH personnel are now conducting road-clearing operations and that the debris might be removed late afternoon today.
“We are just waiting for the floodwaters to subside before we conduct full clearing operations. Hopefully, we can open Maria Aurora-Canili-Pantabangan this afternoon to light vehicles,” he said.
As of press time, there was no electricity in the whole province of Aurora since midnight after strong winds knocked down 27 electrict posts in the Sierra Madre mountain range, said Aurora Electrict Cooperative (Aurelco) General Manager Noel de Vera Vedad said.
“Expected mga one week bago bumalik uli ang normal na power dahil pahirapan ang pagpapalit ng mga posts na nabali sa bundok,” Vedad said.
Reports also said apart from these developments, there is no other negative report coming from the respective Municipal Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Councils.
In Dingalan town, Mayor Sheirwin Taay reported that a total of 1,924 families or 6,582 persons are in 38 evacation centers while those with foster families were evacuated mostly in Bgy. Paltik due to strong waves from Dingalan Bay.