one minute i was playing with the dogs, trying to clean pearl's ears (oh wait, who's pearl? that's another storm altogether). from the terrace i watched the water rise, until we all started getting panicky.
rugs started to be rolled. then it was already to late to bring out the cars to higher ground. we started grabbing everything in sight and carrying it to the second floor.
the last picture i took before utter panic was this:
the water about to breach the windows. (when we inspected the damage later, the water line reached up to about 3 inches above the horizontal grill). we gave up when we began to see snakes (tiny ones) swimming everywhere (yes,even inside the house).
absolutely helpless, we all retreated to the second floor (6 people and 3 dogs and 1 cockatiel). and the water continued to rise and rise and rise.
i tried not to think of my beloved car which had never, ever failed me, being swallowed by the dirty flood water. of my dad's car and my sister's car in the same garage. of the cockatiels, budgies and the lone lovebird who were probably in panic over the rising water. of the books and photos from fiji and concep that i was not able to save. of all the furniture floating around. (yes, it was amazing, everything floated: the dining table, the antique four poster bed, the upholstered sofas, the carved chests, chairs, shelves, kitchen tables, even the chest freezer).
from my bedroom window, i watched people swimming in the street (video later), a brown shrike relentlessly fishing out drowning insects from the water, and my niece's plastic slide and swing set floating in circles in our front yard.
and just before the flood waters could breach our 6 foot fence. it stopped raining. and the flood waters started to recede. in an hour we could survey the damage. it was heartbreaking.
but then the people on the street shouted that there was a dead body in the creek. and i saw that our next door neighbors lived in bungalows. and i heard the devastation all over metro manila on the news.
it will be a MAJOR overhaul, cleaning and tons of things to throw out. but for me and my family, tomorrow the sun will shine, and everything will dry out. i still have a lot to be thankful for.
i read in the papers that yesterday typhoon ondoy dumped 341 milliliters of rain on metro manila in 6 hours. the averag rainfall for metro manila for september is 391.7 millilters. ano ba namang laban natin dun?