Flood warning issued after Ipo Dam released water due to heavy rainfall

Date: 2021-09-08 00:55:00

FILE Operator of Ipo dam releases water due to torrential rains. Rains raised the level of Ipo dam reservoir to 101.23 meters above sea level, reaching its spilling level of 101 masl. INQUIRER / EDWIN BACASMAS

MANILA, Philippines — Residents in low-lying areas in Bulacan have been warned against possible floods and flash floods after the Ipo Dam released excess water Wednesday due to heavy rainfall brought by severe tropical storm Jolina.

According to the 7:30 am situationer of the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (Pagasa), Ipo Dam conducted spilling operations with an initial discharge of 55 cubic meters (cms).

“IPO Dam management will conduct a spilling operation at 8:00 am today, with an initial discharge of 55 cms,” the situationer read.

Ipo Dam’s water level is now at 101.23 meters, which is over the spilling level of 101 meters.

“Residents living along the low-lying areas and those near the river banks of Angat River from Norzagaray, Angat, San Rafael, Bustos, Baliuag, Pulilan, Plaridel and Hagonoy are advised to be alert for possible flood/flash flood,” the advisory from Pagasa’s Hydro-Meteorology Division.

These areas are under the Tropical Cyclone Wind Signal No. 2, where damaging gale-force to storm-force winds is expected to prevail within 24 hours, the state weather bureau said.


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