San Roque dam not
opening gate despite rising water elevation
DAGUPAN CITY, Dec. 17 (PNA) -- The Agno Flood Forecasting and Warning
Center (AFFWC) said it has no plan to recommend the opening of any gate of
the San Roque dam even if the elevation at the dam's reservoir already
reached 278.89 meters above sea level (masl) as of 3:00 p.m. Thursday.
The critical level of water of the San Roque dam, located downstream of the
Agno River, is 280 msl.
Virgilio Garcia, senior hydrologist of the AFFWC, said San Roque said no
spilling operations will be made as San Roque just maximized its power
Rather than opening a flood gate to decrease the volume of water at its
reservoir, San Roque just made full use of the big volume of water
The increased volume of water at San Roque, he said, is attributed to the
opening of one gate of Ambuklao Dam in Bokod, Benguet by .06 meter, and one
gate of Binga dam in Itogon, Benguet by .05 meter.
Released water from the two dams located in the upper stream of the Agno
river flows down the bigger San Roque dam.
Slight to moderate rains were felt in Pangasinan beginning Tuesday, December
15 but were not enough to bring floods even in the low-lying areas of the
province, including in Dagupan.
Rains have ceased all over the province as of morning of December 17.
However, Pangasinan was still placed under Typhoon Signal No. 1 on December
17 which forced authorities to declare automatic suspension of classes in
the pre-school level. (PNA)