CAGAYAN, Philippines- Heavy rains dumped by now Severe Tropical Storm Rosita are threatening the provinces of Isabela and Cagayan with flashfloods.
Reports of flooding have been reported in some towns in said provinces as Magat Dam continues to release water from its reservoir.
As of 8 pm on Tuesday, October 30, the water level in Magat Dam has reached 191.40 meters, above its critical level of 190 meters and near its spilling level of 193 meters. Four gates were opened 2 meters each to release 1,918 cubic meter per second.
More water released means greater threat of flooding in the low-lying areas, near Cagayan River and its tributaries.
On Tuesday afternoon, Joseph De Guzman, a resident of Sitio Pakak in Barangay Nuesa in Roxas, Isabela, took to Facebook to ask for a rescue as the river near them rapidly rose, submerging their homes and damaging their properties.
In a follow up phone interview, De Guzman said his family has been rescued, but expressed worry about those who are still trapped in their community as river’s water level continue to rise.
The provincial government of Isabela said the number of evacuees have increased to more than 23,000 as of Tuesday afternoon.
Impassable roads, bridges
Local authorities have also advised motorists of closed roads and bridges due to swollen rivers.
In Isabela, the Siffu Bridge in Roxas town was damaged by the river’s raging water, prompting the closure of Santiago-Tuguegarao road. Motorists are advised to take the Maharlika Highway.
These overflow bridges are also not passable to all types of vehicle:
- Pigalo in Angadanan town;
- Gucab and Annafunan in Echague;
- Bintacan, Baculud, Cabisera 8, and Cabisera 5-19 in the City of Ilagan;
- Santo Tomas town overflow bridge;
- Santa Maria town overflow bridge;
- Alicaocao in Cauayan City;
- and Turod-Banquero in Reina Mercedes town.
In Cagayan province, at least overflow bridges were also reported unpassable due to swollen river. These are the Pinacanuan Overflow bridge in Tuguegarao City; Bagunut and Abusag Overflow Bridges in Baggao town; Tawi Bridge in Peñablanca town; and Maguilling-Dugayang Overflow Bridge in Piat town.
Disaster officials here expect higher water level in the rivers as it considered the catch basin of rain waters from Isabela, Cordillera, and neighboring provinces. Northernforum.net