Morning downpour wreaks havoc in Klang Valley


Massive traffic jam along the Loke Yew Highway at lunchtime, hours after the downpour. — P. Nathan/ The Star

TRAFFIC in parts of Klang Valley was still heavy at lunchtime yesterday, several hours after a downpour wreaked havoc on city traffic.

Many clocked in late for work due to the massive traffic delays and flash floods were reported along major roads in the city.

Star Media Radio Traffic reported flash flood along Jalan Lapangan Terbang Subang, causing a crawl on both sides of the road that stretched from the Federal Highway exit to Ara Damansara, Petaling Jaya.

The flood that lasted about an hour had waters rising up to 0.6m causing a traffic backlog that stretched for more than two hours.

Another flash flood was reported near the Sungai Rasau toll in Shah Alam, causing delays for several kilometres from Taman Berkeley in Klang to the Batu 3 intersection.

At Persiaran Surian in Kota Damansara, the flooded underpass near Sunway Giza saw traffic backed up from Pelangi Damansara and Sierra Damansara.

“Most roads were jammed up due to accidents, and traffic was slow-moving due to rain,” said office clerk Maryam Mohamad, 32.

“It took me additional 20 minutes to get from Petaling Jaya to Ampang. I also had to use a longer route to avoid the jam where I could.”

C.S. Tan, 45, said: “Motorists tend to be more inconsiderate when it rains and there is a massive traffic jam.

“People use the opposite lane to overtake and block oncoming traffic, thereby causing a gridlock on both sides of the road.”

“The roads in Shah Alam leading towards the Federal Highway were still very congested at 10am,” said 24-year-old executive Monica Anne.

“I had to take another route, which also had heavy traffic but was moving faster, to work.

“There was an accident at the roundabout near Persiaran Kayangan and Persiaran Dato Menteri in Shah Alam,” she said, adding that the morning rain wreaked a lot of havoc.

It was bumper-to-bumper situation in Jalan Kelang Lama as motorists were stuck in traffic, unmoving for long stretches of time.

“It took me almost an hour to get a Grab Car to work, as many drivers who were assigned to me called to cancel,” said an irate resident of Taman United who declined to be identified.

“Even Uber was reporting a high surcharge rate due to high demand. So by the time I got a Grab driver, at least 45 minutes was wasted being stuck in traffic at the said stretch,” the resident lamented.

Selangor Fire and Rescue Department reported floods at SK (1) Taman Selayang in Selayang, Batu Caves, adding that it was because of spillover from the river and an internal drainage system that was unable to cope with the high volume of rainwater.

“We are still studying the issue and the cause behind the floods,” said Selangor Infrastructure and Public Facilities Committee chairman Zaidy Abdul Talib.

“We are currently in the midst of drafting the budget for 2017, and we are hoping to give priority to flood issues by allocating more money for flood prevention and drainage.”

Zaidy added that the present drainage system was unable to cope with a sudden high volume of water, unlike in the past when it rained over a longer period of time so flash floods were not such a big problem then.

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