Move to tackle flash floods

Yew with representatives from the MPK engineering department inspecting the collapsed drain.

Writer: Brenda Ch’ng Published: Fri, 02 Dec 2011

KLANG: An existing two-foot-wide drain at Taman Chi Liung, Pandamaran will be widened to 10 feet to put an end to frequent floods in the neighbourhood.

Construction to widen the 200m-long drain located on Jalan Batu Unjur will cost the Klang Municipal Council (MPK) RM130,000, and is scheduled for completion at month’s end.

“The (existing) drain is too small to cater to rainwater, which overflows and floods the neighbourhood,” said Klang Municipal Councillor (MPK) Yew Boon Lye.

The neighbourhood, with 1,000 homes, only has a single outlet for floodwater, which is often clogged up with rubbish despite the best efforts of the council to keep the waterway open.

He said a second outlet is being built to channel floodwater into a nearby retention pond.

“We started work on Nov 1 and are scheduled to complete it in one month,” said project contractor Azahari Mat Yusof.

He added, however, that the completion may be delayed as some approvals are needed from the Fire and Rescue Department, Syarikat Bekalan Air Selangor Sdn Bhd, and Tenaga Nasional Bhd.

“Some cables and fire-hydrant lines are underground, and these have to be relocated and checked by the various departments,” he explained.

Yew also pointed out that sections of drains were prone to collapsing due to the weight of heavy vehicles illegally parked by the side of the road.

“We’ve issued summonses and even repaired a few collapsed drains in the area,” said MPK engineering department project supervisor Idura Alias.

She said MPK does not have enough money to keep repairing collapsed drains in the neighbourhood, and added that the council has moved quickly to remove the debris to ensure it does not obstruct water flow.

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