Marikina lifts river alert

Posted at 08/11/12 2:19 PM

MANILA, Philippines – The alert level in Marikina River was lifted Saturday as the river’s water level continues to dip.

As of 12 noon on Saturday, the city's public information office said water level at the river was at 14.9 meters above sea level.

Alert warning is raised if the water level is at 15 meters.

Several residents were evacuated Friday night as the water level reached 17 meters (3rd-level alarm).

The river’s water level reached as high as 17.5 meters at around 10:22 p.m

The rapid increase of water level was caused by heavy rains over the Marikina watershed area, according to Marikina Vice Mayor Jose Cadiz.

Cadiz also denied reports that a damaged wall of the Wawa Dam caused the swelling of the river.

“Hindi totoo na tumaas dahil may nasirang dam sa Marikina River, hindi totoo ‘yan. Tumaas ang tubig dahil sa lakas ng ulan at sarado ang anim na floodgate. Ngayon ay binuksan na ang lahat ng gate kaya kami ay umaasa na unti-unti ng bababa ang tubig,” Cadiz told dzMM Friday night.

Under alarm level 3, residents in the vicinity of the river are advised to evacuate their homes.

It was later lowered to alarm level 2 after the river's water level fell to 16.9 meters around 2:30 a.m.

The water level continued to dip as weather improved Saturday, prompting authorities to lift the warning. -- With a report from dzMM