By Freddie Velez
NORZAGARAY, Bulacan — As light rain was experienced over the province of Bulacan last Friday, the water elevation of Angat Dam in this mountain town continues to rise above in its high water level of 210 meters.
Governor Wilhelmino Sy-Alvarado confirmed that as of 5 p.m. Friday, the water level of Angat Dam rose to 211.84 meters from 211.66 meters and 211.42 meters last Thursday and Wednesday respectively.
He said Ipo Dam was 100.99 meters while Bustos Dam was at 17.63 meters. At 6 in the evening, Bustos Dam was in an overflow condition, and from its rubber gates, water discharged 31 cms. per second.
As of presstime, Alvarado said 28 villages in Bulacan are still submerged under flood waters due to back floods from Nueva Ecija and Candaba, Pampanga.
“Mga tubig na nasayang na dapat nasa mga reservoir upang mapakinabangan sa panahong may kakulangan ng tubig sakahan o tag-tuyot ang Gitnang Luzon. (The wasted water that should have been in the reservoir was ideal for irrigation during the dry season in Central Luzon),” the governor said.
Liz Mungcal, Local Disaster Risk Reduction Management Office (LDRRMC) chief, said that the 20 flooded villages with floodwaters ranging from 1 ft to 5 ft high in the town of Calumpit are Balungao, with 700 affected families; Bulusan, 847 affected families, Calizon, 660; Caniogan, 1,383; Corazon, 850; Frances, 2,068; Gatbuca, 1,600; Gugo, 725 and Iba O’Este, 2,750.
Other villages with floodwaters ranging from 1 ft to 6 ft high are Meyto,Meysulao, Panducot, Pblacion, Pungo, San Jose, San Miguel, Sapang bayan, Sta.Lucia, Sto. Nino and Sucot, with more than 10,000 families affected. There are also eight flooded villages of Hagonoy with floodwaters up to 3 ft. high: San Juan, Palapat, Tampok, San Miguel, San Agustin, San Isidro, Iba and Sta Monica.
Temporarily sheltered at the 18 evacuation centers are 1,205 families equivalent to 4,595 individuals from 10 barangays of Calumpit and two villages in Hagonoy.