Bridges are supposed to be above water and vehicles are supposed to be passing through such a crossing. But climate change has altered that norm.
Thus, water instead of vehicular traffic passed through Baculod Bridge in Ilagan City, Isabela at the height of typhoon “Ramon” on Sunday.
The same thing happened to Cabiseria 8 Bridge as the Cagayan, Magat and Pinacanauan rivers and their tributaries swelled with the incessant rains from “Ramon.”
Floods also made Alicaocao Bridge in Cauayan City, Isabela impassable like the roads in Barangays Aggasian and Fugu in the provincial capital of Ilagan.
Eclipsing the irony of submerged bridges is the flooding of the already flooded city of Venice in Italy last week. On 13 November, the high tide peaked at six feet, flooding 85 percent of the city.
Mayor Luigi Brugnaro blamed the floods on climate change coupled with the reality that sea level is rising, while the city is sinking due to tectonic movement.
However, city councilors from two ruling parties were not convinced about that during a 2020 budget deliberation at the Ferro Fini Palace on the eve of the flooding. They rejected amendments proposed by another party to fund climate change countermeasures, such as funding renewable energy sources, replacing diesel buses with less polluting ones, phasing out polluting stoves and reducing plastic use.
Two minutes later, the chamber was flooded, Democratic Party councilor Andrea Zanoni reported in a Facebook post that included photos of the room under waist-deep water.
Climate change has spoken.