Dam floodgates to be opened
The Dams’ Operation Committee has begun to empty water from the Taveras Dam as a preventative measure due to rising water levels following the recent heavy rains.
Hydraulic Resources Institute (INDRHI) director Olgo Fernández says that they will be releasing 50 cubic meters per second from the dam, increasing to 200 meters a second. The water in the dam is currently at 325 meters above sea level and its maximum is 327.
During an emergency press conference at the Emergency Operations Center (COE) on Monday, 14 November 2016 Fernandez said that the dam was at its maximum capacity and the measure was to prevent damage. COE director General Juan Manual Mendez said that there would be mandatory evacuations in the vulnerable areas of Santiago, and that the province was now on red alert. He said that Santiago Rodriguez had been moved to yellow alert along with other areas of the Cibao.
He warned people against crossing rivers or streams and said that the country has been on alert for almost a month now due to flooding.
Civil Defense volunteers were evacuating the 686 inmates from the Rafey Jail in Santiago. The 617 men were being transferred to boxing pavilion at the Barranquita sports center and the 69 women to the Casa Blanca jail, both in Santiago.
In addition, Civil Defense volunteers were evacuating the communities of Esperanza, Amina and Laguna Salada in the northwestern province of Valverde (Mao).
Source: DR1, Lisitindiario
Nov 16, 2016
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