MANILA, Philippines – The Ipo Dam in Bulacan province continues to release excess water due to incessant rains on Tuesday, an official of the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) said.
NDRRMC Operations Center Chief Edgardo Ollet said the dam opened two gates Tuesday morning as water reached critical level.
The dam's water level reached 101.75 meters, past its normal water level of 100.5 meters.
Ollet said the dam is still releasing water through one of its gates as of 4 p.m.
He said the NDRRMC is closely monitoring the effects of the release of water to the tributaries and river system in the vicinity of the dam.
“From Norzagaray to Hagonoy, we have alerted local government units for the monitoring of the flood control and management and early warning in those areas kasama na diyan ang ating preemptive evacuation,” Ollet told ANC’s “The Bureau.”
Ollet noted that the NDRRMC is also monitoring the water level at the Angat Dam.
“We have learned our lessons from last year, especially in typhoon ‘Pedring,’” he said.
The water level at the La Mesa Dam, meanwhile, remains at critical level, prompting local officials to recommend evacuation of residents near Tullahan River.
Residents of Malabon, Valenzuela and Fairview, Quezon City were also warned of flooding that may occur because of the continuous rains.
The dam’s water level rose to 79.52 meters, which is near the spilling level of 80.15 meters.