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LINGAYEN, Pangasinan - (UPDATED 7:45 pm) An inundated river flooded eight barangays in Calasiao and 11 in Dagupan on Tuesday, but the management of San Roque Dam Corp. denied earlier reports by the government-run Philippine News Agency that a decision by the firm to open two gates on Tuesday morning had contributed to the flooding.
The swollen Sinocalan River whose fountain head is at Mt. Ampucao, Itogon, Benguet flooded the low-lying barangays. Residents, however, were not evacuated, said the PNA report carried by InterAksyon.com.
Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction Management Council (PDRRMC) spokesperson Avenix Arenas said rains stopped in Dagupan and the rise of tidal water from adjacent rivers close to the Lingayen Gulf is minimal.
The PDRRMC headed by Gov. Amado Espino Jr, meanwhile is taking precautions to mitigate damage as heavy rainfall is expected in Pangasinan and La Union on Wednesday.
'Don't blame San Roque'
Tom Valdez, vice president of the San Roque Power Corporation, said the dam and its operator did not contribute to the floods.
He took issue with an earlier story quoting him as saying the SRPC decided to increase the opening of two gates of San Roque Dam at 9:30 a.m. from 1.5 meter to 2 meters, due to the reduced outflow of water from hyndro-electric plant's turbines.
He said this is wrong because it is only the National Power Corp. that has the prerogative to decide on opening the spillway.
The rest of the PNA report said San Roque Dam exceeded its normal level of 280 meters above sea level (masl) and rose to 283.35 masl.
The dam collects the water from the Binga Dam in Itogon, Benguet.
The Ambuklao Dam in Bokod, Benguet that already opened their spillway gates by 2.5 meters and 1.5 meters, respectively.
PDRRMC's Arenas said that per their monitoring no other places in Pangasinan, even those along the banks of the Agno River are being threatened by flood.
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