BAMBANG, Nueva Vizcaya: With the Magat Dam reservoir water level reaching its spilling level, the National Irrigation Administration-Magat River Integrated Irrigation System (NIA-Mariis) has warned residents along the banks of the Magat River to move to higher places as the dam releases water. The heavy downpour brought by Typhoon “Ulysses” pushed the water level of Magat Dam beyond normal, NIA-Mariis said. According to NIA-Mariis, the water level rose to 192.65 meters, which is .35 meters close to its spilling level of 193 as of 2:00 p.m. on Thursday. The reservoir inflow is at 6,044 cubic meters per second (cms) and outflow at 3,692 cms with all of Magat Dam’s seven spillway gates opened at 18 meters.

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Magat Dam reservoir. Photo from Official FB page of NIA-Magat River Integrated Irrigation System

NIA-Mariis officials said it is necessary to release water from the reservoir for purposes of preventing the dam from reaching its critical level. Engineer Carlo Ablan, NIA-Mariis Flood Forecasting and Instrument Section head, said mostly affected when there is a large volume of water released from the Magat Dam reservoirs are residents along the Magat River who are constantly advised not to cross rivers and to stay away from riverbanks.

NIA-Mariis officials also advised residents to bring their valuable things and livestock to higher ground and safer place, and that everyone should tune in to radios and television for further weather update as well as development on the release of water from the Magat Dam spillway gate.

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