All spill gates of San Roque dam now closed

LINGAYEN, Pangasinan — All spill gates of the San Roque Dam in San Manuel town are now closed as of 10:00 a.m. today, according to Gov. Amado Espino III.

This is good news to resident of communities downstream of the Agno River in Pangasinan as the threat of flood in the areas is finally over.

Espino said as of 10 a.m., San Roque has closed gate 3b and its warning information regarding termination of its spilling operation is now being affected to the affected areas.

As of 6:00 a.m. of October. 21, only one gate of the dam was yet opened at one meter.

At the height of Typhoon “Lawin last October 20, five gates of San Roque were opened by a total of three meters. It was scaled down to one gate by one meter as soon as the rains had stopped.

Water level at the dam at 10 a.m. today was recorded at 285.29 meters above sea level (masl) or 5.29 meters above the high normal water level or spilling level of the dam at 280 masl.

In order to bring down, the dam’s water level to 280 masl, San Roque is on a must-run mode, maximizing its high water level to run its turbines to full capacity in order to reach its maximum output of 400 megawatts of power. PNA-northboundasia.com