Bulacan PDRRMC closely monitoring 3 Bulacan dams

Published July 29, 2021, 9:28 AM

by Freddie Velez

The Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office (PDRRMO) in Bulacan is closely monitoring the water levels of the three big dams in the province — Angat, Ipo, and Bustos — which have been discharging excess water since July 25.

The Ipo Dam management announced that it would continue to conduct spilling operations today with an approximate initial discharge of 38 cubic meters of water.

Bustos Dam (Photo by Freddie C. Velez)

According to PDRRMO executive officer Liz Mungcal, as of 5:00 in the afternoon on Wednesday, July 28, from 187.47 meters on Sunday evening, Angat Dam’s water level rose to 189.00 meters which is still way below the spilling level of 210 meters), Ipo Dam’s water level has reached 101.03 meters (spilling level is 101 meters), while Bustos Dam has reached 17.36 meters (spilling level is 17.00 meters).

In the flood advisory released at 6:30 a.m. on Thursday, July 29, the overflowing of rivers is likely to occur due to the effect of high tide in coastal areas before noon until late in the afternoon of Thursday in Apalit, Macabebe, Masantol, Sasmuan, Lubao, and Guagua in the province of Pampanga and Hagonoy, Paombong, City of Malolos, and Calumpit in Bulacan.

Mungcal said that as of Wednesday, July 28, the following areas remain submerged under 1 to 4 feet of floodwaters due to heavy rains and the release of waters from Ipo and Bustos Dams: 19 villages in Hagonoy, 19 in Bocaue, 14 in Paombong, 20 in Calumpit, and 29 in the City of Malolos.

Mungcal said that 756 families or 2,553 individuals from the 101 affected barangays are now temporarily housed in 60 different evacuation centers in Bulacan. They are being assisted by barangay officials especially in maintaining the minimum health standards.

The villages of Sto Nino, Sta. Monica, Mercado, San Jose, Sto. Rosario, Sta. Cruz, San Pascual, San Sebastian, San Nicolas and San Pablo of Hagonoy town and Barangay Nagbalon in Marilao are not passable to light vehicles.

As of 2 p.m. on July 28, the initial total damage to infrastructure, livestock, agriculture, and fisheries due to the southwest monsoon enhanced by Typhoon Fabian was estimated at P74,570,188.11.