La Mesa, other Luzon dams near spilling level

Posted at 08/05/14 2:16 PM

MANILA -- The water levels in La Mesa dam and other major reservoirs in Luzon continue to rise, PAGASA said.

PAGASA said as of 6 a.m. Tuesday, water level in Quezon City's La Mesa rose by .07 meter to 79.5 meters. The dam's spilling level is 80.15 meters.

Water level of Ipo Dam in Bulacan also rose by .04 meter to 100.87 meters, which is near its spilling level of 101 meters.

Ambuklao Dam's water also rose by 1.06 meters to 744.80 meters, a few meters away from its spilling level 752 meters.

Caliraya's water level is just .97 meter below its critical level of 288 meters.

Binga Dam's water level dipped by .07 meter to 574.22 meters, but it is still near the dam's spilling level of 575 meters.

San Roque Dam's water level rose by 1.36 meters to 241.39 meters, but this is well below its spilling level of 280 meters.

State weather bureau PAGASA said monsoon rains will still be felt in parts of Luzon due to typhoon "Jose" (international name: Halong).

PAGASA said Jose is still categorized as a typhoon, but the maximum sustained winds it was packing weakened to 150 kilometers per hour (kph) near the center, with gusts of up to 185 kph.

Jose picked up speed, moving north northeast at 15 kph. As of 10 a.m., it was spotted 805 kilometers east of Calayan Island.

Jose is forecast to be 860 kms. northeast of Basco, Batanes by Wednesday morning, and outside the Philippine area of responsibility by Thursday morning.

Marikina River alert lifted

Meanwhile, the Alert Level 1 raised over Marikina River has been lifted, the city's public information office said.

In its Twitter account, Marikina PIO said Alert Level 1 was lifted at 5 a.m. Tuesday after the river's water level receded to 14.9 meters.

As of 8 a.m., the river's water level was 14.6 meters. Six of the eight floodgates of the river remain opened.

Under the Marikina River's alert system, Alert Level 1 serves as a warning when the river's water level reaches 15 meters.

Alert Level 2, which means "prepare," is raised when the water reaches 16 meters.

Evacuation starts when Alert Level 3 is raised, or when water reaches 17 meters.

Forced evacuation is implemented when the alarm reaches critical level, or when when the water rises to 18 meters or higher.