Flash floods hit Petaling Jaya

A large area of the Chinese Village in Petaling Jaya was affected by flash floods after a heavy downpour in the city

Heavy rains in the Klang Valley yesterday and this evening have caused flash floods in Petaling Jaya. 

Chinese New Village Kampung Cempaka, which is situated just next to the Kayu Ara river, saw floodwaters rose as high as 1m inundating several homes and shop lots.

"About 30 houses, primarily in three locations around Jalan PJU 1/3, Jalan PJU 1/4 and Jalan PJU 1/21 were hit by the flash flood yesterday and today," said local councillor Chan Kien Fatt, who was in Kelana Jaya with Damansara Utama assemblyman Yeo Bee Yin for a back-to-school event.

"We received complaints of the flood at around 5pm," he said, adding that this evening's flash flood was not as bad, with a recorded water level of just 50cm high.

The SS4D neighbourhood situated on the opposite side of the Damansara-Puchong highway was also hit by flash floods, however flood waters subsided shortly after the rain drizzled down..

Chan added that although the Petaling Jaya City Council had already begun work for a drain-widening project in SS4C to alleviate the SS4D drainage overload, there would be further meetings between the Selangor Drainage and Irrigation Department and city council on Kayu Ara river as well.

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