Tuesday, 21 March 2017

Pontian river to be cleaned and deepened to avoid flash floods

A flash flood hit several areas in Kulai following heavy rain on Saturday.

A flash flood hit several areas in Kulai following heavy rain on Saturday.

JOHOR BARU: The local authority (PBT) and the Drainage and Irrigation Department (JPS) will be taking proactive measures to resolve the flash floods issue in the Kulai area here.

Johor Health, Environment, Educational and Information committee chairman Datuk Ayub Rahmat said that following the floods that affected some residential areas in Bukit Batu on Saturday, the authorities would introduce some measures to prevent the problem from reoccurring.

“A clean-up operation and deepening of the Pontian river will be conducted soon to ensure a smooth flow of water into the river which is nearby,” he said.

He added that the authorities would also conduct a review of the drainage system in the area to ensure the system could accommodate heavy water flow during a downpour in the future.

Ayub said that the initiatives were introduced following the two-hour long flash flood incident that affected several areas in Kulai on Saturday evening.

“Besides the downpour, other factors that contributed to the floods include two water tanks at some of the residential areas that had burst as well as the overflowing of water from Pontian river and its stream,” he said.

He said the authorities would also beef up its monitoring work and would enforce compliance plans on the developer since the burst tanks were built by the developer of the area.

“The PBT and the JPS departments will carry out the works to ensure that the flash floods issue will not reoccur,” he said.

During the incident, the water level reached a metre-deep, lasting from 6pm to 8pm on the same day.

“However, no casualties were reported and there were no evacuees. The affected areas are in Taman Wedo, Taman Sawit Ria, Taman Palma and Rumah Murah Kelapa Sawit,” he said.

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