Floodwaters now rising in Dagupan, Pangasinan


DAGUPAN CITY:  Flood is now rising in the southern and central parts of Dagupan City due to the continuous swelling of the Sinocalan River which came simultaneously with the rise of tidal water in rivers crisscrossing the city, the highest was at 1.5 meter at 2:00 a.m. on Tuesday.

Residents of the southern village of Malued said they would be late in reporting to their work Tuesday morning as they are transferring all the valuable things that they own to second floor of their houses as floodwaters already started to set in their surrounding areas.

Weather forecast in the next 24 hours shows that Pangasinan will still experience moderate to occasional heavy rains on Tuesday.

The rising floodwaters in Dagupan could be due to the gradual rise of water of allied Sinocalan, Ingalatera and Tagamusing rivers whose waters will all drain to Dagupan before emptying into the Lingayen Gulf.

Not only Dagupan is affected but also the low-lying areas of Urdaneta City, Sta. Barbara, Calasiao, Binmaley, Binalonan and Malasiqui.

There is also slow rise of allied Bued, Patalan, Angalacan and Aloragat rivers, threatening flood in the low-lying areas of Mangaldan, Mapandan, San Fabian, San Jacinto, Laoac, Manaoag, Sison and Pozorrubio.

There is also gradual rise of the upper and middle Agno River and tributaries, Ambayoan and Banila rivers and their tributaries, located in eastern Pangasinan.

Flooding is expected to occur in some parts of San Nicolas, San Manuel, Asingan, Tayug, Sta. Maria, Balungao, Rosales, Villasis and Sto.,Tomas.

There is also further rise of water in the lower Agno River and tributary stream affecting the low-lying areas of Alcala, Bautista, Bayambang, San Carlos City, Urbiztondo, Mangatarem, Aguilar, Bugallon, Labrador and Lingayen.

The flooding in the upper, middle and lower portions of the Agno river may have been aggravated by the opening of four gates of San Roque dam by one-half meter each Monday night due to increased inflow of water from upstream. PNA


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