Magat Dam releases water in preparation for “Karding” – Manila Bulletin

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Magat dam releases water in preparation for ‘Karding’

RAMON, Isabela – The National Irrigation Administration – Magat River Integrated Irrigation System (NIA-MARIIS) opened a spillway gate of the Magat Dam here at noon Saturday, September 24, in preparation for the violent tropical storm “Karding”.

In a pre-disaster risk assessment on Friday, September 23, Engr. Edwin Viernes of NIA-MARIIS said 200 cubic meters per second (CMS) of water will be released and can be increased depending on rainfall in the Magat catchment.

He advised people to avoid staying in the Magat River and those near the river to be on alert.

Meanwhile, Leslie Mejares of Mines and Geosciences Bureau (MGB) – Region 2 (Cagayan Valley) also said that there is a possibility of soil and rock erosion on the road in Pagudpud, Ilocos Norte.

The Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) – Region 2 has advised motorists to monitor travel guide notices and take extra precautions when driving through the area.

On Saturday, DPWH’s I-Ilocos Norte Region First District Engineering Office said North Manila Road, Kilometer 578 + 800, at Sitio Banquero, Barangay Pancian, Pagudpud is a passable route for light vehicles from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m.

A DPWH team and equipment are deployed to assist motorists on the road.

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