Red alert status raised at La Mesa Dam


Posted at Jun 18 2012 09:43 AM | Updated as of Jun 18 2012 08:33 PM

MANILA, Philippines – La Mesa Dam in Quezon City is now on red alert  as the dam's water level reached near spilling level.

Metropolitan Waterworks and Sewerage System (MWSS) personnel on duty Jun Nunez said as of 7 a.m., the dam’s water level was at 79.77 meters, or only 0.38 meter below its spilling level of 80.15.

Nunez warned residents surrounding the dam to expect flooding if rains continue today.

State weather bureau PAGASA said rains since Sunday in most parts of Luzon were caused by the southwest monsoon that was being enhanced by typhoon “Butchoy”

As of 4 a.m., “Butchoy” was spotted 470 kilometers east of Basco, Batanes.

“Butchoy” was moving northward at 22 kilometers per hour (kph). It is expected to exit the Philippine area of responsibility (PAR) on Monday night.

It was packing maximum sustained winds of 185 kph near the center and gustiness of up to 220 kph.

It will be 120 kilometers south of Okinawa, Japan; or 670 km Northeast of Basco, Batanes by Monday evening.

Weather conditions in the Visayas and Mindanao regions, meanwhile, have improved.