CAMP OLIVAS, Pampanga -- The Police Regional Office 3 is bracing for flooding in this province as water brought about by Typhoon Ompong is expected to cascade from the mountains and upstream areas of neighboring provinces.
Chief Supt. Amador Corpus, PRO3 director, said the police in Central Luzon is still in full alert status because high volume of rainwater from the mountains will swell Pampanga River and other river channels in the region and could result in massive flooding in low-lying areas.
“We are closely monitoring the situation. Hourly situational reports are continuously being done to immediately address any eventualities. We appeal to the public to continue to be aware, to be alert and to adhere to orders of authorities for preemptive evacuation that may be enforced,” he said.
A total of 3,012 police personnel have been deployed by the PRO3 even before the typhoon hit the country.
A total of 10,500 families or 39,078 individuals were moved to evacuation centers in various parts of the region.
Seven major roads are impassable in the region. These include the Nueva Ecija-Rizal-Bongabon Road; Gapan-Fort Magsaysay; Laur-Bongabon; Bongabon-Aurora via San Luis; Caduang Tete in Macabebe town; and Candaba-Baliuag Road.
As of presstime, a total of 64 barangays are flooded on the region.