La Mesa dam remains under red alert

ABS-CBN News

Posted at Jul 03 2012 11:26 AM | Updated as of Jul 04 2012 08:55 PM

MANILA, Philippines (4th UPDATE) – The La Mesa Dam in Quezon City is still under red alert, as the water level continues to rise.

As of 6 a.m. Wednesday, the dam’s water level was at 79.76 meters, which is near the spilling level of 80.15 meters.

La Mesa Dam was placed under red alert at 11 a.m. on Tuesday.

Should water be released from the dam, it will affect areas in Quezon City, Valenzuela, Malabon and Navotas.

Areas in Quezon City that need close monitoring are Fairview, Bartolome, Santa Lucia, Gulod, Santa Monica, Novaliches Proper and Nagkaisang Nayon, which are prone to severe flooding in case the Tullahan River swells.

Evacuation

Eng. Teddy Angeles, La Mesa Dam’s headworks manager, had recommended the evacuation of residents near Tullahan River on Tuesday.

“’Yung mga barangay and local government units, sila po mas kabisado nila ang mga barangay nila. So what we can only do at the start of the red alert level is to recommend a general evacuation,” said Angeles.

Sitio Ruby residents in Fairview, whose homes lie near a creek connected to the Tullahan river, had a hard time figuring out when they should evacuate.

“Kapag medyo mataas na ang tubig dito, evacuate na. Iwanan ang bahay at kung maaari, ‘yung mga gamit nila dalhin na sa mataas,” said Teresita Santos, one of the residents.

Dr. Noel Lansang of the Quezon City emergency response team said although they respect the recommendation of La Mesa Dam authorities, the decision to evacuate still depends on local officials.

Ipo dam

Meanwhile, the water level at Ipo Dam in Bulacan has decreased after opening two gates yesterday.

As of 6 a.m. Wednesday, the water elevation was at 100.15 meters, down from yesterday’s level of 101.75 meters. Ipo Dam’s normal water level is at 100.8 meters.

The gates were closed past 9 p.m. Tuesday. - reports from Dennis Datu, dzMM; Pinky Webb and Jacque Manabat, ABS-CBN News