There is only one rule when driving through a flooded street: Don’t.
When brave flood-prone areas in Manila and wade through flood and standing water, your car’s tires lose contact with the ground, which is likely to result in “aquaplaning,” or you losing absolute control of the steering wheel.
Even a small amount of water seeping into your engine can cause irreparable damage to your vehicle. When that happens, your car will stall and you won’t be able to drive at all.
The basic rule of thumb is, if you can no longer see the painted markings on the road, take that as a warning sign: the flood’s probably too deep. It’s best not to force yourself into it and instead use a traffic navigator app to find an alternative route.
This rainy season, you will encounter a lot of flooded streets in Metro Manila, and the only sure way to save your car from irreparable damage is to avoid these areas during harsh weather conditions.
The safest thing to do, of course, is to plan your route ahead of time. For your safety, go over this list of flood-prone areas in Metro Manila as of 2016, courtesy of the Metropolitan Manila Development Association (MMDA). Stay tuned for flood updates before and during your drive. Don’t take your chances and you’ll be happy you’ve saved yourself from costly car repairs.
Flood-prone areas in Caloocan City
Rizal Ave. between 10th and 11th Sts.
Gen. Luis St. Cor. ITC Compound, Bagbaguin
Gen. Luis St. Cor. Silver Road, Kaybiga
Samson Road from Gen. Pio Villanueva St. to Lapu-lapu St., Sangandaan
10th Ave. from Roxas St. to Baltazar St., West Gracepark
Tulingan St. from Sabalo St. to Libis Talisay, Dagat-Dagatan
Dagat-Dagatan Av. from Tanigue St. to Tulingan St., Dagat-Dagatan
8th Ave. from 4th St. to 7th St., East Gracepark
9th Ave. from 4th St. to 7th St., East Gracepark
10th Ave. from 4th St. to 7th St., East Gracepark
11th Ave. Ave. from 4th St. to 7th St., Gracepark
4th St. from 8th Ave. to 11th Ave., East Gracepark
Boni Serrano Ave. from 8th Ave. to 11th Ave., East Gracepark
6th St. from 8th Ave. to 11th Ave., East Gracepark
7th St. from 8th Ave. to 11th Ave., East Gracepark
J.P. Rizal from J.P. Rizal Ext. to San Miguel St., Maypajo
Las Piñas City
Quirino Ave. to Saulog
Quirino Ave. near Naga Road
CAA to J. Tiongquiao Road
Tramo Line to Casimiro-Camella Subd.
Tramo Line to Casimiro Subd. F. Santos
Dagat-Dagatan Ave. Extension
Dulong Duhat, Letre – Loscano due to high tide
Gov. Pascual – Maria Clara
M.H. Del Pilar – San Vicente
P. Aquino – Tonsuya
Edsa cor. Estrella
Edsa – Magallanes Tunnel
Edsa – Pasong Tamo
Osmeña Skyway (SLEX Buendia)
Ortigas Ave. – La Salle Greenhills
Edsa – Megamall
Edsa cor. Connecticut
Edsa – Shaw Blvd. Tunnel
Shaw Blvd. cor. Acacia Lane
Shaw Blvd. – J. Luna, JRU
Kalentong, Shaw Boulevard – Maytunas Creek
Boni Ave. cor. F. Ortigas Street
F. Martinez cor. Dela Paz Sts.
Maceda – Maria Clara
Maceda – Simoun
Maceda – Laon-Laan
Rizal Ave. cor. R.Papa
Recto near Morayta going to Divisoria
Quirino Ave. – Taft Ave., leading to Roxas Blvd. on both sides
P.Burgos fronting Manila City Hall
Taft Ave. – Malvar St. – Pedro Gil St.
Montillano St. National Road, East Service Road, M.L. Quezon Road
San Guillermo Rd.
PNR Open Canal Multi-Land, Putatan
JPA Subd., Tunasan
E. Rodriguez Ave.
Arandia St. and MSSR
North Bay Boulevard
Ninoy Aquino Ave., NIA Road – Macapagal, and Sucat Rd. cor. C-5 Ext.
Redemptorist/Taft Ave. extension
Quirino Ave. cor. Kabihasnan
Quirino Ave. – La Huerta Market
Sucat Road – Canaynay Road
Sucat Road – Fourth Estate
East Service Road cor. Tanyag
Daang Batang near E. Rodriguez St.
M. Almeda St. cor. Bagong Calzada
Pasay Taft Rotonda and Macapagal Ave. near World Trade Center
C-5 Bagong Ilog and C-5 Eagle
Flood-prone areas in Quezon City
Aurora Blvd. cor. Harvard St.
Maria Clara cor. Araneta Ave.
Tatalon – Talayan Creek
Biak na Bato, Quezon Ave.
Tomas Morato cor. Scout Lozcano
NLEX NB/SB – Balintawak
NLEX – A.Bonifacio
Commonwealth Ave. – Tandang Sora
Commonwealth Ave. – Bitoon Circle
Commonwealth Ave. – Visayas Ave.
Edsa – Muñoz
Timog cor. Scout Tobias
Kamuning – 11th Jamboree
Quezon Ave. – Roxas District
C-3 – Sgt. Rivera
P. Tuazon cor. 18th Ave.
C-5 Bayani Road
MacArthur Highway near Fatima Medical Center – University