Heavy rains submerge bridges, swell rivers anew as gale, flood warnings issued in Isabela

CITY OF ILAGAN, Isabela — Two days of heavy rains brought by the northeast monsoon again swelled rivers and submerged overflow bridges in Isabela province on Thursday.

The provincial risk reduction management council has been monitoring the swelling of the Cagayan, Pinacanauan and Magat rivers, as well as their tributaries.

The Isabela Police also reported submerged bridges, among them the Bagutari-Cansan bridge in Cabagan, the Baculod bridge in Ilagan City, and the Pigalo bridge in Angadanan.

A flood warning has been issued as the Magat Dam has been releasing 200 cu. meters per second after one gate was opened when the water level breached the 193-meter mark on Thursday.

A gale warning was also issued on Thursday, barring boats from cruising and fishers from fishing along the seaboards of Isabela and Cagayan due to rough-to-very-rough sea condition, with 3.4-meter to 4.5-meter high waves, rainshowers, thunderstorms and cloudy skies. Villamor Visaya Jr/PNA-northboundasia.com