La Mesa Dam about to spill

The La Mesa Dam is about to spill after heavy rainfall from tropical storm Saola

La Mesa Dam near its spilling level. Photo from Twitter by @trish_roque

MANILA, Philippines – The La Mesa Dam is nearing its spilling level, according to an official from the Manila Water Company.

According to various tweets, as of 12am on Monday, July 30, dam levels were at 79.67 meters, very close to the spilling level at 80.15 meters.

Quezon City Mayor Herbert Bautista has ordered the evacuation of all residents living in the area of the dam, said his office.

Previously, authorities raised the red alert warning over La Mesa Dam and warned residents affected by the dam’s overflow to evacuate due to possible floods, according to and ABS-CBN News report.

The Department of Education also announced the suspension of classes on Monday, July 30, as rain poured Sunday in various parts of Metro Manila.

Classes will be suspended in all public schools, from kindergarten to high school, in Quezon City, San Juan, Navotas, Mandaluyong, Pasay, Manila, Malabon and Valenzuela. (Read: Metro classes suspended July 30)

Rain poured continuously on Sunday, July 29, due to tropical storm Gener (international codename Saola).

‘Gener’ has a 600 km radius and brining heavy to intense rainfall in northeast parts of the country.

Weather bureau PAGASA said there is no storm signal yet in Metro Manila. –