Disaster officials cautions residents as dam overflows
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Disaster officials cautions residents as dam overflows

Manila : Philippines | Jun 24, 2011 at 4:45 AM PDT
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MANILA, Philippines - The National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management
Council (NDRRMC) on Friday afternoon cautioned residents of Novaliches, Quezon City to be take precautions as the La Mesa Dam overflowed.

<p>NDRRMC executive director Benito Ramos said when water comes out of La Mesa, it will affect residents living near the
Tullahan River.

<p>Ramos also said three gates of Ipo Dam in Norzagaray, Bulacan have been opened because water has reached spilling level.

<p>He said they expect 426 cubic meters per second of water is released by Ipo
dam into the Angat River. It passes through the towns of Norzagaray, Angat,
Santa Maria, Bustos, Baliwag, Pulilan, Plaridel and Hagonoy.
<p>Over in Metro Manila, NDRRMC and the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and
Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) reminded residents of subdivisions
near Tullahan River to take precautions.
<p>Affected areas in Novaliches are Fairview, Forest Hills Subdivision, Quirino
Highway, Capri, Goodwill Homes, Sta. Quiteria And Barangay San Bartolome;
<p>In Valenzuela, affected areas are Barangay Ligon, North Expressway, La Huerta
Subdivision. Malabon City is also affected.
<p>Meanwhile, Manila Water Company (MWC) spokesman Jeric Sevilla said La Mesa Dam has been spilling water since 1:30 p.m. Friday
afternoon due to heavy rainfall.
<p>Sevilla said La Mesa is a spill dam akin to a giant infinity pool.
He also said at Ipo Dam, the water level was at 100.2 meters or slightly below
the spill level of 101 meters. Water level at the dam has reached the spilling
level of 80.15 meters.
<p>However, three radial gates have been opened at 1 meter each to ease the
water level to 100 meters, at which point the floodgates will be closed again,
Sevilla said.
<p>He said this was normally done to protect the “structural integrity” of the
dam.
<p>Angat Dam, which supplies water to Metro Manila for domestic use is still at
177 meters. The spilling level at Angat Dam is 210 meters.

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A spokesman said the Jigawa flooding occurred after authorities opened the flood gates of two dams to avoid overflowing
A spokesman said the Jigawa flooding occurred after authorities opened the flood gates of two dams to avoid overflowing
joelcatencio is based in Diliman, Central Luzon, Philippines, and is an Anchor for Allvoices.
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