Drains at school need widening

No parking: Yeoh (second from left) with members of the PTA standing at the yellow box.

SJK (C) Lick Hung Parent-Teacher Association (PTA) and Subang Jaya assemblyman Hannah Yeoh want the Education Ministry to look into the school’s drainage after the recent flash floods in Subang Jaya.

According to data from the Meteorology Department, the highest rainfall recorded this year at the Subang station was 63.4 mm on March 31.

At a press conference near the school entrance in SS19 Subang Jaya, Yeoh said the downpour that day was classified as “violent rain” when the precipitation rate was more than 50mm per hour.

“After the flash flood, I went for a site visit with the Subang Jaya Municipal Council (MPSJ) and we checked the drainage outside the school. The drains were not clogged and were functioning.

“The drains in the school cannot cope with the heavy rainfall.

“However, only the Education Ministry has the authority to widen the drains within the school compound.

“MPSJ has written to the ministry to look into this matter as soon as possible,” she said.

PTA chairman Lim Kok Sang said the recent flash flood was the worst, so far.

“A tree fell during the thunderstorm and five classrooms were flooded.

“There is a 15cm kerb at the school’s stationery shop entrance, indicating that the compound had been flooded before.

“However, that kerb could not prevent water from flooding the shop.

“The storeroom where old books are kept was also flooded and water-logged books had to be thrown away,” he said.

On another matter, MPSJ had drawn a yellow box in front of the school following requests from parents.

The PTA also requested for a zebra crossing in front of the school for the children’s safety.

To facilitate this request, several parking bays would have to be removed.

Yeoh said that other schools were also affected by flash floods, such as USJ 4 Seri Selangor.

“Parents should be aware of their children’s whereabouts during flash floods. It is very dangerous,” she said, citing the SS14 monsoon drain as an example of a dangerous spot during floods.

She urged contractors working on the LRT project in Subang Jaya to ensure that drains were free from silt and construction debris.

She also suggested that the Selangor Drainage and Irrigation Department deepen the riverbed of Anak Sungai Penaga and Sungai Penaga in USJ 1 as the former flowed into the Sungai Klang.

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