Retention pond water overflows into homes

Major losses: The foul-smelling water flooding the houses in Taman Berkeley .

RESIDENTS of Taman Berkeley in Klang panic whenever there is a downpour as their homes would be flooded by foul-smelling water from a nearby water retention pond.

Ong Kan Bin, 69, who represented about 30 affected residents, said the water would flow into the houses, rising as high as 1m.

“The problem has been going on for a long time and the area gets flooded almost every time it rains.

“Our houses are dirty and smelly after the water recedes,” he said.

Ong said construction of the water retention pond near the Berkeley roundabout was completed on March 31 at a cost of RM1.3mil, which was paid by the state government.

“Ironically, it rained heavily on the same day and the retention pond was filled up within an hour-and-a-half.

“The run-off flooded many roads and houses nearby,” he said.

A resident, who declined to be named, said only one of the three retention pond pumps was working, which worsened the situation.

The residents said they had spoken to the Klang Municipal Council (MPK) about the matter but nothing had been done so far.

“Three flash floods have happened this year, with the most severe on March 31, causing tens of thousands of ringgit in losses,” Ong said.

When contacted, MPK councillor Tan Chee Geap said the recent flash floods were not directly related to the pond, but the rubbish that was trapped in the filtration net at the Bukit Kuda water gate, slowed the flow of water when it rained.

He said it was not right to say that MPK had done nothing, as plans were being made to expand the water outflow system in the pond.

“The drainage system in the pond can only mitigate between 40mm and 50mm of rainfall, and the recent rainfalls were recorded at about 90mm, causing a backflow.

“We are aware of the issue and an expansion project is in place.

“We expect work to start by next month once all technical aspects of the project are sorted out,” he said.

Tan clarified that the smaller pond was completed on April 30 to complement the older water retention pond next to it.

“There is only one pump installed in the older pond.

“However, once the pond has been expanded, we intend to instal another pump so that run-off can be channelled to the new pond,” he said.

He also urged the state Drainage and Irrigation Department to monitor the water gates around Klang, especially during heavy rain to prevent flash floods.

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