La Mesa dam on red alert, evacuation urged
MANILA (2nd UPDATE) – A red alert status was raised over La Mesa Dam Tuesday night following heavy rains.
Teddy Angeles, manager of La Mesa Watershed, said water level at the dam breached the 80-meter mark before 8 p.m.
The water level continued to increase and reached 80.04 meters at 8:30 p.m.
Angeles said rains stopped at around 9 p.m., adding that the water level may continue to rise but overflowing is not expected if no rains occur in the next hour.
Spilling level at the dam is at 80.15 meters.
Residents living in low-lying areas in the vicinity of the dam and those living near Tullahan River were advised to evacuate their homes immediately.
The water level at the dam was at 79.98 meters at 7:43 p.m., but rose quickly within minutes.
Angeles said local government units are constantly being updated of the status.
He added residents will be allowed to return to their homes if the water level goes down to 79.3 meters.
PAGASA, meanwhile, said the rains were caused by a thunderstorm affecting Antipolo, San Mateo and Rodriguez in Antipolo and parts of Metro Manila and Bulacan.