By Jojo Riñoza
DAGUPAN CITY – Dagupan City Mayor Belen Fernandez declared a state of calamity in the entire city of Dagupan on Saturday, July 21, 2018.
The declaration came after most of the city went underwater starting last night.
The City Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council recommended the declaration that the flooding threatened the health of the people and continued to damage properties in the city.
CDRRMC said most parts of the city underwater, causing people either to be stranded in their homes or to transfer to evacuation centers.
Pangasinan has been experiencing torrential rains for four consecutive days since Wednesday brought by the enhanced southwest monsoon due to tropical storm Inday.
The heavy rains in the upland caused the nearby Sinocolan River to overflow and breach its protective dikes, causing water overflow to low-lying areas such as Calasiao, Sta. Barbara and Dagupan City.
Authorities said they expect more water coming from upstream level.
Meanwhile, the Regional DRRMO has declared a red alert status and is sending augmentation team from other towns and city DRRMOs not affected by flooding to help in the flooded areas, particularly, Calasiao, Sta. Barbara and Dagupan City.
Several national roads were declared impassable due to flooding. DPWH-1 said parts of the Manila North Road in Urdaneta were “hardly passable to medium trucks and motorists were advised to take TPLEX.
Pangasinan DRRMO reported that the Mangatarem to San Clemente, Tarlac road is no longer passable.
The roads connecting Aguilar to Bugallon, Labrador, Lingayen; Camiling to Bayambang, Urdaneta to Sta. Barbara, Calasiao and to Dagupan City were not passable for light vehicles.
San Roque Dam current was at 256.66 masl (meters above sea level) (as of 10 am) and was still below its spilling level of 280 masl. Ambuklao and Binga dams that spill to San Roque Dam at 749.80 masl and 572.64 masl, respectively with spilling levels at 752 and 575 masl.