- Marikina River and La Mesa Dam are on red alert and may overflow anytime due to non-stop rains this weekend
- The plant manager recommended evacuation of residents from low-lying areas that may be affected by flood once the dam spills
- Metro Manila has suffered damages during Ondoy in 2009 when the Marikina overflowed and wreak havoc in the city
Marikina River and La Mesa Dam are on red alert and are bound to overflow due to heavy rains on Saturday morning.
The water quickly rose to alarming levels after non-stop torrential rains since Friday. La Mesa Dam plant manager Teddy Angeles announced that the dam's water level is at 79.85 meters, as of 1pm. The spilling level is at 80.15 meters. The plant will have to release the excess water to manage the dam. Angeles told residents in low-lying areas near Tullahan River must evacuate preemptively to prevent casualties.
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However, other areas included in the list released by the La Mesa Dam management are:
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The Quezon City government has issued an advisory for evacuation of residents of barangays along Tullahan River. Barangay Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Teams are on red alert.
Meanwhile, Marikina River's water level has reached 16 meters above sea level as of 1:38pm and evacuation is recommended to residents in low-lying areas while the water level is still on Alert Level 1. This is because there is no sign that the rain will stop anytime soon.
According to weather state bureau, PAGASA, orange warning level is up on MetroManila, Rizal, Cavite, Zambales, and Bataan, while yellow warning level is issued on Bulacan, Pampanga, Nueva Ecija, Tarlac and Laguna. Flooding threatens low-lying areas.
Metro Manila has suffered similar situations during typhoon Ondoy in 2009 and a habagat weather system in 2012 where La Mesa Dam and Marikina River overflowed and swept away homes and killed many lives.
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