CITY OF MALOLOS: Light to moderate rains that Typhoon “Quinta” brought and which had been aggravated by high tide from Manila Bay flooded 27 barangay (villages) in the towns of Hagonoy, Bocaue, Marilao, Bocaue and Calumpit over the weekend.
The Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office (PDRRMO) of Bulacan reported that Hagonoy has nine villages submerged under 1 to 2 feet of water — Palapat, San Agustin, San Isidro, San Juan, San Miguel, San Pedro, Sta. Monica, Sto. Niño and Tampok; while 12 others in Calumpit were submerged under 1 to 5 feet of water — Sapang Bayan, San Jose, Pandukot, Sta. Lucia, Bulusan, Calizon, Gugo, Iba Oeste, Caniogan, Frances, Meysulao and San Miguel.
Barangay Bambang in Bocaue town was also submerged under one foot of flood water, the same level in Barangay Panginay, Wawa and San Juan in Balagtas town, while 1 to 2 feet of floodwater inundated Barangay Lias in Marilao.
Floodwater has also made Macaiban Bridge in Sta. Maria town impassable for all types of vehicles while Lias road in Marilao town was not passable for light vehicles.
Gov Daniel Fernando since Tuesday last week frequently visited the PDRRMO’s Communication, Command and Control Center to personally monitor the water level of Angat, Bustos and Ipo dams as well as the flood situation in the province.
The governor had alerted the PDRRMO’s Bulacan Rescue Team at the height of the continuous downpour.
Meanwhile, Ipo dam as of 6 a.m. on Monday has been releasing water at 108 cubic meters per second (m3/s) and its water elevation monitored at 101.20 m against its spilling level of 101 m, while Bustos dam as of 7 a.m. has been releasing 375 m3/s with its water elevation at 17.01 m against its spilling level of 17.00 m.
Angat Dam’s water elevation has reached 194.10 m as of 6 a.m. compared to its previous day’s water level of 192.40 m.
The dam is 14.10 m above its minimum operating level of 180 m, but is still 17.9 m below its ideal end-of-the-year water elevation.