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HELP! | Olongapo residents post urgent pics, tweets on 'worst flood in city's history'

Young men perch on a jeepney whose roof is the only thing still above water in Olongapo City (photo by Lalaine Adamos, as posted on the Batang 'Gapo Facebook Page)

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Olongapo City officials on Monday declared a state of calamity in the city after 12 hours of continuous rains caused the highest levels of floods "in the history" of the city.

In a text message to his contacts and posted on Facebook, Olongapo City councilor Edic Piano sent out the following cry for help: "Olongapo needs help. Patulong kami ikalat sa social media. Pinakamataas na baha sa history ng Olongapo now. City council declares state of calamity thru phone. Unanimous decision. Di makayanan ng local rescue teams. Need help of national government. Wala kuryente d2. Di makagamit ng internet. Ang daming nagpapa-rescue."

Some communities were neck-deep in floodwater as rescuers from Olongapo City, the Subic Bay Metropolitan Authority, Barangays Sta. Rita, Old Cabalan and Banicain labored to take people, many forced to take to the roofs of their houses or, in some places, vehicles, to safety. Only areas in the mountains - Barangay Gordon Heights, Mabayuhan and Little Baguio in East Bajac Bajac - have been spared from flooding. 

Below, we've collated some pictures and posts from Olongapo's residents, capturing the situation both from within homes and out in the streets.

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