MALOLOS CITY, Bulacan: Governor Wilhelmino M. Sy-Alvarado on Friday dispatched emergency rescue units in the cities of San Jose del Monte and Meycauayan and in the towns of Bocaue, Sta. Maria and Marilao following reports of flooding in many low lying villages in the said areas brought by rains spawned by typhoon Mario.
Alvarado said that based on latest reports from the Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office (PDRRMO) as of 10 a.m. Friday, evacuation operations are being conducted in several flood hit villages in the cities of San Jose del Monte and Meycauayan as well as some low lying areas in Sta. Maria and some areas the boundary of Bocaue and Marilao.
As of press time, some 300 individuals from the villages of Sta. Rosa and Poblacion have been evacuated at the Sta. Rosa Elementary School and at the old municipal building in Poblacion, Marilao while 74 persons were evacuated at the Bagbaguin Elementary School.
Some 30 families were also evacuated in barangay Tambubong, Bocaue, the PDRRMO said.
Alvarado, who is personally supervising operation at the command center of the PDRRMO, said that relief teams with medical personnel were also sent to assist the flood victims.
He also said that they are closely monitoring the rivers in the province as well as the water elevation at the dam.
He added that emergency rescue teams are now on ready for deployment when the need arises.
“There are more rains brought by the typhoon. That’s why we are closely monitoring the low-lying areas. Our Bulacan rescue and relief teams are prepared and ready,” he said.
Alvarado also said that classes in all levels have been suspended. Work in the courts as well as in other government offices except those involved in disaster operations were also suspended.
A PDDRMO weather analyst said that heavy rains fell at mountains of eastern Bulacan, particularly in Rizal province, which cascaded down, causing rivers to swell that triggers flooding in low lying areas.
The PDRRMO also said that operators of Ipo dam has opened their radial gates 1 and 5 at around 4:15 a.m. Friday and discharged 153.5 cubic meters per second of water.
The water elevation at Ipo dam as of 7 a.m. Friday was 100.52 meters (spilling level 101 meters)
Bustos dam also opened 2 washout gates and released 145.956 cms of water.
Its water elevation as 0f 7 a.m. Friday was 17.49 meters (spilling level 17.70 meters)
The water discharged at the two dams has not yet cause any flooding since the Angat river can still hold that volume of water release, the PDRRMO said.
Ironically, however, the heavy rains did not replenish the water level at Angat dam which has remarkably dipped from the 190 meters last Wednesday to 188.82 meters as of 7 a.m. Friday, which is still way below its spilling level of 210 meters. PNA