Sunday, November 01, 2015

Typhoon Koppu ("Lando") destruction in the farm

Typhoon Koppu, known locally as "Lando" that hit northern Luzon two weeks ago, severely affected the provinces of Aurora, Cagayan, the Ilocos and Cordillera provinces. But it also caused damages in nearby provinces of La Union, Pangasinan, and Central Luzon provinces.

In our farm in Bugallon, western side of Pangasinan, our caretaker said there were 2D/2N of non-stop rains plus very strong winds. The creek in the farm turned into rampaging river for 2 days too, eroding both sides of  the creek and cascaded huge volume of sand, rocks and stones downstream. Below, the way going to my treehouse, left side of the creek.

Right side of the creek. At least one tall mahogany tree was knocked down.

Huge volume of sand was deposited by the flash flood in this side. To the right of the sweet potato or "camote" was a rice plot.

The water used to flow in an inverted L shape. Previous floods and the last one deposited more soil and rocks there, the water now goes relatively straight.

This part has become deeper. Vehicles could cross this part of the creek before, now it is no longer possible.

Luckily, not a single tree around my treehouse fell. But they were battered by the strong  winds.

 This gmelina tree's roots were eroded by the flood, it fell down.

Luckily, only one sheet of the roof of my treehouse was blown away by the wind.

The irrigation canal that brings water to Nong Endring's rice field in front of my treehouse was covered by sand and soil. It will take days to remove these soil from the canal.

The small dam that he made to divert the water to the canal was removed and flattened by the flood. Where Nong Endring is standing is the canal water intake.

The water intake area of the canal, where Nong Endring is standing.

Outside the farm, towards the barrio proper, this lot used to have a house with a motorcycle, farm animals cage. They were all swept by the flood.

This part of the creek (water coming from the upland to the farm, going down), even tricycles can cross before. Now it is 5-6 feet deep.

The culprit is this -- the support beams below the bridge. Fallen bamboo poles, small logs, big branches, etc. floating during the heavy flood were blocked by these beams. The water was diverted on the left side of this bridge, towards the house that's about 10-15 meters away from the creek.

At least no one died from the locals on those 2D/2N of harrowing experience.

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