Well, here it is. Our home before and after the flash flood that hit Iligan City. It was truly unexpected. My Mama and Papa have been living here for more than 30 years and according to them, this was a first. Water was chest level (my standards) and the current was strong. But unlike those in other barangays, at least the flood didn't bring any large debris. So the damage in our home is, well relatively, minimal.
Meet the Hero, my brother. He noticed something moving in the dark and when he lit a flashlight towards the area, a dog was struggling to break free from his chains. She was abandoned by our neighbor and she was drowning. My brother couldn't stand to watch the poor thing die. So he went against the surging current and saved the little doggy.
We weren't able to save much because we never expected this at all (even with the storm signal announced since Iligan prides itself as never having to experience a storm ever because of the surrounding natural barriers, we now know that isn't true). My heart sank when I found my workplace like this. :(
Ahh! My beads! My cameos and settings! My charms!!!! Oh well. At least I was able to salvage a few of my precious materials. And the finished pieces were upstairs tucked away in a corner. I brough them to a shoot and THANK GOD I was too lazy to bring them downstairs in my workplace where they belong.
During that time it was hard to think what the future for us looked like. The house was a mess. We were a mess. But when news came about the situation in other barangays, we quickly dismissed our self pity and welcomed everyone in our wrecked home to give them warmth, food, clothes and ears to listen to their stories.
Dec.17,2011 is a day no one will ever forget. I do hope and pray that those who who lost homes and loved ones will move on from this and will still find happiness in their future.