Angat Dam’s water level gradually rising

Published August 1, 2021, 2:20 PM

by Freddie Velez

The Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (PDRRMC) in Bulacan is still closely monitoring the water levels of the three big dams in the province — Angat, Ipo, and Bustos.

The PDRRMC said that despite the normal weather conditions over the province on Saturday, July 31, some villages in the three coastal municipalities, including Calumpit and several others, are still under floodwater due to high tide and the releases of water from Ipo and Bustos Dams.

PDRRMC chairman Governor Daniel R. Fernando, in a phone interview, said that based on the flood advisory issued at 5:30 p.m on July 31, the overflowing of rivers is likely to occur on August 1 due to the effect of high tide in coastal areas which might merge with the remaining pluvial floodwaters at the riverside and coastal areas within Pampanga delta in Hagonoy, Paombong, Malolos City, and Calumpit. He assured that the PDRRMC constantly monitoring the three dams in the province.

“Everything is properly coordinated,” he said, adding that they are also keeping a tight watch on the water carrying capacity of the Angat River and Labangan Channel where the release waters of Ipo and Bustos dams flow. Fernando, along with Department of Social Welfare and Development Office Head Rowena Joson-Tiongson, said they are still attending to the needs of the flood victims in Calumpit, Sta Lucia on Sunday.

He said that distribution of relief goods and medicines to the affected families that are still housed at the evacuation centers continues.

Fernando said that a total of 537 families or 1,656 individuals affected are temporarily housed in different evacuation centers in the province.

As of 5 p.m. on Saturday, July 31, the Angat Dam’s water level rose to 191.26 meters which is below the spilling level of 210.00 meters, Ipo Dam has reached 100.83 meters (spilling level 101.00 meters), while Bustos Dam was monitored at 17.12 meters (spilling level 17.00 meters). From 6 p.m. to 5 p.m, the Bustos Dam has discharged a total of 234 cms of water, while the Ipo Dam has released a total of 101.7 cms of water from 7 a.m. to 12 p.m.