Angat, Ipo dams halt spilling operations


Angat and Ipo dams in Norzagaray, Bulacan stopped releasing excess water on Sunday, Jan. 8 as water levels were “slowly decreasing,” said the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA).

Based on its monitoring, PAGASA said that the water level of Angat Dam was at 214.02 meters as of 8 a.m.

Angat Dam has a normal high water level of 212 meters.

Although light rains are still expected in the Bulacan reservoir, PAGASA said the water level in Angat Dam is gradually decreasing.

“All gates of Angat Dam are now closed and stopped their spilling operation at 5:30 a.m. today ( Jan. 8),” PAGASA said in a flood advisory.

It added that the Ipo Dam has also stopped its spilling operation.

The current level of Ipo Dam is at 101.21 meters, slightly higher than its 101.0-meter normal high water level.

However, PAGASA still advised the local disaster risk reduction and management office and residents living in low-lying areas and those near the banks of Angat River from Norzagaray, Angat, San Rafael, Bustos, Baliuag, Pulilan, Plaridel, Calumpit, Paombong, and Hagonoy to “take appropriate actions caused by the remnants of pluvial floods (submerged roads and croplands) and fluvial floods (riverbank erosion).”

PAGASA, in coordination with the National Power Corporation and Ipo Dam Management Office, said they will continue to monitor the hydrological condition of the Angat River.