Marikina City saw its worst flooding since 2009 after typhoon Ulysses battered the Luzon region on November 11 and 12, 2020.

Ulysses caused Marikina river’s water level to rise to 22 meters, an inch less than Ondoy’s 23 meters in 2009.

Ranquiad Fantone, a Grade 11 student and resident of Provident Village, started to move their things upstairs at 11:00 pm on November 11.

“At about past midnight, we started to pack our stuff and waited if we needed to evacuate. At about 5:00 am, we vacated our house,” Fantone shared.

Meanwhile, PEH teacher Mr. Rydoni Olaguer, also a resident of Provident Village, received a call from his sister at 5:30 am on November 12, telling them to leave their house as water level started to rise from the streets.

With most parts of Marikina City submerged, the local government unit placed the city under state of calamity.

It was truly tragic… My fear of floods got worse.

Christian Aban, Grade 10

“After the typhoon, we went back to our house to check on things and the gravity of the damage. We planned what to do every day so that it will be organized. We already disposed of most of our stuff and, hopefully, we can buy the necessities soon,” Mr. Olaguer said.

The family of Grade 10 student Christian Aban is also a victim of Ulysses. They reside near the Marikina River at Barangay San Roque and had to move next door to the three-storey house of their neighbor.

“[Ondoy and Ulysses] were both really horrible experiences; it really gave me flashbacks and the fear that I had when Ondoy happened. It was truly tragic and both of them changed our lives. My fear of floods got worse,” said Aban, who was only four years old during Ondoy.

Marikina City has suspended classes until December 16, while Marist School will resume its classes on January 4. Briana Bernabe and Luis Revilla // Featured photo courtesy of Job Daniel Almocera (Grade 10)

Gallery: Photos from personnel and students

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