Up to 4-feet floods hit low-lying areas in Bulacan, Pampanga

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CITY OF MALOLOS, Bulacan — Several low-lying areas in Bulacan and Pampanga province were inundated by flood brought about by heavy to intense with at times torrential rains spawned by the Typhoon Ulysses.

Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction Office (PDRRMO) of Bulacan reported that the flooded areas in the town of San Miguel as of 8 a.m. Thursday (Nov. 12) are the barangays of Tigpalas, Bagong Silang, Ilog Bulo, San Juan, King Kabayo, Cambio, Baritan, Pinambaran, Poblacion, Batasang Bata, Batasang Matanda, Salangan, Buga, and Mandile that were submerged under two to three feet of floodwater.

In Balagtas town the villages of Panginay, Wawa, San Juan, Longos, and Borol 1st, Borol 2nd, submerged one to two feet of water while Barangays Nagbalon, Ibayo, Saog and Poblacion in Marilao town is under two feet of floodwater.

Bocaue town have seven barangays affected by floodwater, namely Barangay Wakas, Bambang, Bagumbayan, Sulucan, Binang 1st and 2nd, Caingin, who also under two to three feet of flood.

At least 354 families or 1,108 individuals were evacuated to 29 evacuation centers who were established in flood-prone areas.

Based on the report of PDRRMO, the evacuees were coming from the 11 municipalities and city in the province of Bulacan due to a pre-emptive evacuation and forced evacuation due to flooding.

The Macalban Bridge and Pasong Tumana in Sta. Maria were not passable  to all kinds of vehicle while Barangays Bualto and Salangan in San Miguel were not passable due to collapse Meralco posts.

The McArthur Highway in front of National Food Authority in Brgy. Tikay in City of Malolos was not passable to light vehicles while Barangays Turo, Taal Bridge NLEX and Wakas were only one lane passable to medium vehicles while the other lane passable for trucks only.

The PDRRMO also reported as of 9:30 a.m. on Thursday, all kinds of vehicles were not passable  in Notrh Luzon Epressway (NLEX), Bocaue, Sta. Rita Southbound Entry, Tabang Southbound Entry, Balagtas southbound entry and Marilao Northbound.

As of 1:00PM, NLEX released traffic update wherein the NLEX-SCTEX were back to normal operations as all interchanges were open except the Bocaue Interchange Northbound Exit was not passable to Class 1; the Philippine Arena Northbound Entry and Exit and Southbound Entry were not passable for all classes.

Tambubong Northbound entry and exit are also not passable to Class 1 as well as the Southbound Entry is also not passable for all Classes.

Motorists were assisted by deployed NLEX patrol crews and traffic enforcers.

PDRRMO also announced the residents who are living in low-lying areas in the province are advised to evacuate. Evacuation is recommendedif he circumstances allow them to safely arrive to secured area desinated by the LGU.

On the dam monitoring, as of 7 a.m. Thursday, the water elevation in Angat Dam was recorded at 211.30 meters, Ipo Dam at 101.05 meters and Bustos Dam at 17.99 meters with its corresponding flood season high water levels of  210; 101; and 17 meters respectively.

Angat Dam will open its spillway gate/s with initial opening of 0.5 m at 1000H. This to drawdown the reservoir elevation to safe levels maintaining also the stability of the dam.

From 42.66 cubic meters per second (cms), Ipo Dam has released 1,361.79 cms and now has a level of 101.76 while its spilling level is 101.00 meters. This morning it lowered its maximum water release to 587 cms.

The Bustos Dam with a spilling level of 17 meters is now releasing 2,520 cms due to its overflow of 18.04 meters while Angat Dam, with a spilling level of 210.00 meters above sea level (masl), has already surpassed by 211.30 masl.

In an advisory released by the Provincial Public Affairs Office (PPAO) of Bulacan stated Memorandum Circular No. 82 released by the Office of the President: Work in government and offices and classes in public schools at all levels in Region III are hereby suspended effective 3 p.m. Wednesdsay, 11 November 2020 until 12 November 2020 (Thursday).

Liz Mungcal, PDDRMO chief said that nearly 20 towns out of 21 towns and 3 cities in Bulacan have been without electricity since Ulysses hit it with very strong winds at 1 a.m. (Thursday).

“Strong gusts of wind continue this morning from its thundering force this morning leaving the uprooted and fallen trees, power poles,” Mungcal said.

n Pampanga, as of 11:30 AM on Thursday, sixty barangays were submerged by floodwater by 1-4 ft of floodwater including 22 villages in Macabebe, 16 barangays in Masantol, 10 in Muinalin, 6 in Arayat, 3 in Apalit,  2 in Sasmuan and 1 in City of San Fernando.

Pampanga PDRRMO said, 584 families or 2,140 individuals were evacuated to 135 evacuation centers while the road condition left by typhoon Ulysses made Masantol- Kalsadang Bayu not passable to light vehicles;. Macabebe- Caduang Tete not passable to light vehicles; . Mexico-Brgy Lagundi and Brgy San Vicente are not passable to light vehicles and Barangay San Nicolas along Camp Olivas, Mac Arthur Highway is also not passable to light vehicles.

Moreover, all barangays in 19 municipalities including  Sasmuan, Sto Tomas, Lubao, Bacolor, Sta Rita, Guagua, Masantol, Minalin, Sta Ana, Mabalacat, San Simon, Magalang, Porac, Mexico, Floridablanca, Candaba, Arayat are those areas without electricity except to San Fernando wherein only portion of Barangay Sto Nino, San Nicolas, Sto Rosario, Maimpis and the Pampanga Police Provincial Office are affected of brownout.

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