(Updated 12:30 a.m.) Evacuation is ongoing in at least one barangay in Quezon City as the La Mesa water reservoir neared its spilling level amid continuous rains Sunday night, Office of Civil Defense-Metro Manila director Susana Cruz said.

The water level reached 80.13 meters around 12 a.m. Monday so nearby areas were placed under red alert, Cruz said in a text message. The reservoir spills at 80.16 meters.

The Quezon City government is presently facilitating the evacuation in Brgy. North Fairview as responders from the OCD-NCR are presently stuck in a traffic jam caused by a swollen creek in Brgy. Fairview, Cruz said when contacted by phone.

It was not immediately known how many were evacuated.

Meanwhile, Cruz said some 513 families are affected by floods in Brgys. Sta. Lucia, Bagong Silangan, Fairview, Payatas, Gulod, and Nagkaisang Nayon.

Areas in the city’s west river side, including Valencia cor. Canseco sts.; Manga st. in Brgy. Katipunan; Gen. Lim and Col. Moran sts. in Brgy. Sta. Cruz; Brgy. Del Monte along the west river side; Capoas cor. Toctocan sts. in Brgy. Masambong; and Sapamanai Village in Brgy. Fairview are experiencing floods as high as 3 feet, she said.

There is no storm affecting the country but several areas in western Luzon, including Metro Manila, have been experiencing 1- to 5-millimeter-per-hour rains brought by the southwest monsoon, according to the Philippine Atmospheric Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration. (John Roson)

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