By Freddie Velez
CITY OF MALOLOS, Bulacan – Three days heavy rains spawned by the Southwest monsoon enhanced by Tropical Storm Karding (Yagi-outside PAR) pounded many parts of the province inundating 82 villages in eleven towns and one city.
As of 6 am Monday, the latest situation report from the Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office (PDRRMO) showed that the 15 flooded areas in the City of Meycauayan were Barangays Bancal (1 ft), Bayugo (1ft), Banga (1 ft), Gasak (1ft), Langka (2ft), Malhacan lower Northern hills (4ft), Zamora (1 to 2 ft), Hulo (1ft), Saluysoy (1 to 2 ft.), Longos (1 to 2 ft), Tugatog Soriente (3 ft), Caingin Villa Samanta (3ft), Calvario (2 ft), Lawa (2 ft) and Poblacion (2 ft).
The 15 flooded villages in Calumpit were Sapang Bayan (1 to 4 ft), Meysulao (1 to 4 ft), San Miguel (1 to 4 ft), Gatbuca (1 ft), Frances (1 ft), Calizon (1 ft), Northville 9 Iba Este (1 ft), Gugo (1 to 2 ft), San Jose (1 to 2 ft), Sta Lucia (1 ft), Bulusan (1 ft), Iba ‘O’ Este (1 ft), Pio Cruzcosa (1 to 2 ft), Palimbang (1 ft) and Poblacion ( 1 ft).
In Hagonoy town, submerged under 2 to 3 feet of waters due to heavy rains and high tide were Barangays Abulalas,Mercado, Palapat, Sagrada Familia, San Agustin, San Isidro, San Jose, San Juan, San Miguel, San Nicolas, San Pablo, San Pascual, San Perdo, San Roque, San Sebastian, Santa Cruz, Santa Elena, Santa Monica,Sto Nino,formerly Poblacion, Sto Rosario and Tampok.
The flooded areas in Bocaue were the villages of Bambang, Lolomboy, Bunlo, Biniang 1st, Biniang 2nd, Antipona, Taal and Poblacion. In Guiguinto, inundated were Ilang-ilang, Poblacion, Panginay and Tuktukan. Flooded areas in Baliuag were Sto Cristo, Laca, Barangay VDF, Alido, and Concepcion.
In Marilao town, submerged in flood waters were Poblacion 1, Poblacion 2, Nagbalon and Ibayo. The barangays Panginay, Wawa and San Juan in Balagtas submerged under 4 to 6 feet of flood waters. In Bulakan town were Brgys Perez, Taliptip and Matungao. Plaridel was Brgy. Banga 2nd; Brgy. San Pedro in Bustos and Barangay San Isidro 1 in Paombong.
Some 1,059 families or 2,557 individuals were evacuated and housed in the 17 evacuation centers in Bulacan located in the first, second, third and 4th districts. Classes in all levels, both public and private, were suspended in the province.
Gov. Wilhelmino M. Sy-Alvarado, Bulacan PDRRMC chairman personally supervised the operations at the command center together with Vice Gov. Daniel R. Fernando and Rowena Joson-Tiongson, PSWDO head.
Alvarado said they are closely monitoring all major rivers and waterways as well as the water elevation of the three big dams in Bulacan—Angat, Ipo, and Bustos.
The governor also instructed DRRM executive officer Liz Mungcal and Tiongson to speed up the delivery of relief goods and medical assistance to affected families.
As of 5 a.m. on Sunday, the water level of Ipo dam was 101.82 meters (spilling level 101). Dam operators opened its Radial Gate 1 and B and discharged a total of 133.30 cubic meters per second.
Bustos dam’s water level was 17.64 meters. Dam operators also opened two of its washed out gates and released 221 cms of water after the elevation reached its spilling level of 17.50 meters.
Also at 5 a.m. Monday, the water level at Angat dam was 201.80 meters. The spilling level of Angat dam is 210 meters.
The Lias-Ibayo road in Marilao on Sunday was not passable to all kinds of vehicle. The detour road in Bustos to Baliuag was temporarily closed. The Calumpit-Hagonoy provincial road is not passable to light vehicle, as well as the Calumpang-Panginay provincial road going to Bulakan town is not also passable to light vehicle.