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PIA Press Release
2009/10/09

OCD Isabela appeals to residents to evacuate to safer grounds

Ilagan, Isabela (9 October) -- The local disaster official here has called on Isabela residents living in low lying areas to evacuate while river waters has not yet reached their houses.

The appeal was aired over a local radio station in the province after continuous heavy rains poured last night in the province brought by typhoon Pepeng wherein Isabela is still under typhoon signal number one.

Office of the Civil Defense - Isabela is busy monitoring the situation in each locality directly affected by the Cagayan and Magat Rivers and has appealed to residents to make a pre-emptive evacuation and approach their barangay officials to seek for an evacuation area.

Provincial Disaster Officer Mac Navarro, who made the appeal, advised the residents from low- lying areas to start moving out to avoid being trapped when the river waters reach their houses.

Navarro said it is expected that the river waters will rise because of the heavy downpour last night and predicted to continue until late today.

The provincial government is ready to conduct relief operations if ever there will be affected residents.

Meanwhile, Magat Dam officials released an advisory as of 8:00 in the morning today that they started releasing dam waters.

The normal spilling level of the dam is 193 and now reached 192.38 meters. The monitored water inflow is 1,328 cubic meter per second and the outflow is 1,416 cubic meter per second.

Officials of the Magat Dam warned residents near the Magat River to be always ready and alert as the outflow may cause floods especially to the low lying areas.

It is the usual practice of Magat Dam officials to give stern warning to residents using their warning devices stationed in different localities and through the local broadcast media when they release water from the dam to prevent loss of lives and properties.

Typhoon Pepeng still threatens northern Luzon including this province which is experiencing heavy rains as of press time. (PIA Isabela) [top]

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