AFTER 18 DAYS
THE National Power Corporation (Napocor) finally closed its floodgates at the San Roque Dam on August 30 after releasing excess water dumped by intermittent heavy monsoon rains for three weeks in the province that inundated many towns and cities.
This was the advisory of Odette Rivero, Napocor spokesperson, in a text message to local newsmen: “As of 8:30 a.m. of Aug. 30, the water elevation of the San Roque Dam was 274.62 meters above sea level.”
“GATES CLOSED,” she texted for emphasis.
The spilling of water at San Roque Dam started at 2:00 A.M. on August 12 or 18 days.
She, however, did not indicate the total volume of water released by the dam over the 18-day period since the report has yet to be filed.
In her update, “At 6:00 A.M. of August 30 before the gates were closed, the water elevation was at 274.74 masl with gate number 5 open at 2 meters while gate number 6 was open at 2.5 meters or a total gate opening of 4.5 meters.”
San Roque Dam catches water spilled by Ambuklao and Binga Dams in Benguet.
Its spilling level is 280 masl. (With PhilStar wire service report)
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