The Santa Cruz River swelled and went over the flood control measures, submerging a big proportion of Sta Cruz, Laguna. Lola Estay's house, which is very close to the river, was in waist-deep flood. In other areas, the current was so strong that people had to use ropes to traverse the streets. The public market, which has been under water since late September, was still plied by boats - Sta Cruz's very own Venice.
The waters near the national highway receded as quickly as they came, and Anna and I were able to visit on November 1. Before driving off to the cemeteries, though, I took the time to photograph the still swollen river and the nephew and the niece, Totoy and Trisha.