RESIDENTS in 17 towns and parts of one city in Pangasinan have been put on alert as the San Roque Dam started spilling operations at 2:00 a.m. Sunday, Aug. 12. The Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (PDRRMC) issued the warning to areas along the Agno River, namely: the towns of San Manuel, San Nicolas, Tayug, Asingan, Sta. Maria, Rosales, Villasis, Sto. Tomas, Alcala, Bautista, Bayambang, Mangatarem, Urbiztondo, Aguilar, Bugallon, Lingayen, and Labrador; and parts of San Carlos City. As of 9:00 a.m. yesterday, the San Roque Dam had four gates open with water level at 281 meters above sea level (MASL), breaching the normal high water level of 280 masl. Spillway gate discharge was at 298 MASL. The National Power Corporation (NPC), in its dam monitoring, said while alert was up, the water discharge was not expected to cause flooding in the warning zones.
Meanwhile, in Benguet, two dams — the Ambuklao Dam in Bokod and the Binga Dam in Itogon — were at “critical” level as of Sunday morning. The NPC said spilling operations “might cause extensive flooding in cultivated land and residential areas” in the two towns.
Weather bureau PAGASA, in its 4:00 a.m. Sunday weather update, said monsoon rains and thunderstorms were expected over Luzon and parts of the Visayas until Tuesday, and possible Wednesday. PAGASA Weather Specialist Meno Mendoza said they are also monitoring another tropical storm, with international name Leepi, located 2,230 kilometers east of northern Luzon, although it is not expected to enter the Philippine area.