Typhoon ‘Gener’ leaves Pangasinan towns flooded

PANGASINAN, August 4 (PIA) – There was no typhoon signal raised over Pangasinan but Typhoon ‘Gener’ left some Pangasinan towns flooded and prompted the release of water from San Roque Dam.

Three barangays of Bugallon town namely Portic, Hacienda and Cayanga were declared under state of calamity because of damages brought by flashfloods on Sunday (July 29) night.

At least five families or 17 individuals were evacuated to the Hacienda Elementary School in Bugallon due to rising flood waters.

Dagupan City became a virtual water world for almost a week because of continuous rains triggered by high tide measuring one meter. At least 18 of its 31 barangays, including the main thoroughfares or the downtown areas were flooded with one to three feet-deep water.

Classes were suspended in pre-elementary , elementary and high school levels for at least two days.

Flood prone towns Sta. Barbara and Calasiao expectedly, were not spared from flooding. Barangay Talibaew in Calasiao experienced neck-deep flooding.

Eight families from Barangay Gabon and one family from Barangay Lasip were evacuated to the Calasiao Aliguas Training Center for safety.

Avenix Arenas, spokesperson of the Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council explained that these barangays are located in the downstream of the Sinocalan River which makes them prone to flooding.

As of yesterday, August 3, no casualties were reported.

In Agno town, two black barges ran aground and were abandoned in the shoreline of Barangay Aloleng on Monday. The Agno police said the barges had markings of SOEKAWATI 2709 and SOEKAWATI 2708.

In a report released by the provincial government, further inquiries with the locals revealed the barges were battered by big waves. Sea condition was very rough and weather was inclement, according to joint elements of the Agno Police.

Barangay Councilor Rodolfo Abalos said he spotted a white motor tugboat in the area and attempted to recover the two barges but yielded negative results. Authorities are still looking into the matter.

Meanwhile, San Roque Dam in San Manuel town opened one gate on Thursday night measuring 0.5 meters for its pre-emptive water release having reached 278 meters above sea level, just two meters to its spilling level of 280 masl, during the release. (JCR/VHS-PIA 1 Pangasinan).


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