Ipo Dam opens one gate; flooding expected


Posted at Jun 18 2012 09:40 AM | Updated as of Jun 19 2012 01:07 AM

MANILA, Philippines – The National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) on Monday warned residents in low-lying areas in Bulacan of possible flooding as a gate of Ipo Dam was opened.

The NDRRMC said as of 6:30 a.m. Monday, one gate of Ipo Dam in Norzagaray town was opened by 30 centimeters.

Persistent rains since Sunday night made the water level in the dam reach past the critical level of 100.8 meters.

As of 6 a.m. Sunday, water level at Ipo Dam was 101.7 meters.

The water release from the dam is expected to affect low-lying areas along Angat River from Norzagaray to Hagonoy towns.

Residents in the area were advised of possible flooding.

Typhoon “Butchoy” continues to move away from the country but will still cause rains by enhancing the southwest monsoon (hanging habagat).

PAGASA forecaster Jun Galang said rains are expected over Luzon particularly its western section due to the presence of southwest monsoon that is being enhanced by the typhoon.

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

It 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.

Galang said no weather disturbance is emerging in the southern part of the country at this point.