4 roads, 2 bridges closed as floodwaters rise in CL

    CITY OF SAN FERNANDO — Four roads and two bridges in Nueva Ecija were rendered impassable by rampaging floodwaters dumped by Typhoon Nona in the province as of yesterday, the Regional Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (RDRRMC) said in its latest report.

    The RDRRMC said the following are not passable to all types of vehicles due to flooding: Maligaya-Calabasa Road in Gabaldon, Bongabon-Rizal Road, Bongabon-Palayan Road, Castellano-Gapan Road, as well as the Gapan City and the Pantabangan-Rizal bridges.

    The agency also said that Barangay Bueno and Bagud bridge in Barangay Sta. Lucia, both in Capas, Tarlac were likewise not passable to all types of vehicles as of yesterday morning due to high river water level.

    The RDRRMC maintained “blue alert” status in Central Luzon yesterday despite the departure of Typhoon Nona even as another tropical depression entered the Philippine area of responsibility.

    “This means at least 50 percent of our personnel should be ready to respond to contingencies at any time,” Office of Civil Defense Regional Director and RDRRMC Chair Josefina Timoteo said.

    She said: “We have already alerted and advised all local DRRM Offices within our area to activate their respective Emergency Operations Center and submit report on any untoward incidents.”

    Meanwhile, National Power Corporation (NPC) announced it released water from Angat Dam in Norzagaray, Bulacan starting 8 a.m. yesterday.

    “The discharge of water is due to continued rise in water level as it had already reached the spilling level of 212 meters above sea level. There is a need to release in order to ensure that Angat Dam remains safe,” NPC said.

    Approximately 100 cubic meters per second would be released and NPC assured that this would not cause flooding.

    “Nonetheless, we advise the local governments and residents within the periphery of the Angat River to make the necessary preparations,” it added.

    National Grid Corporation of the Philippines (NGCP), on the other hand, reported sustained tripping in the following lines in Central Luzon: Bongabon-Baler 69 kV line (Dingalan, San Luis, Maria, Baler, Dipaculao Aurora) which tripped at 12:09 p.m., Cabanatuan-Bulualto-San Isidro 69kV line 2 (NEECO I- San Isidro, Gapan, San Antonio, Jaen and Cabiao, Nueva Ecija) which tripped at 2:44 p.m., and Aliaga Substation of NEECO II-Area 1 (Aliaga, Nueva Ecija) under Cabanatuan-Pantabangan 69kV line which tripped at 4:33 p.m.

    “We have energized the Cabanatuan-Pantabangan 69kV line, except Aliaga Substation of NEECO II-Area 1,” NGCP Central Luzon Corporate Communication and Public Affairs Officer Ernest Lorenz Vidal said.

    NGCP will resume line patrol along Bongabon-Baler 69kV line tomorrow.

    “Cabanatuan-Bulualto-San Isidro 69kV line 1, and Aliaga Substation of NEECO II-Area 1 remain unworkable due to high rainwater level in the area,” Vidal added.

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