THE bunds set up in Klang and Port Klang served their purpose as no flooding was reported even though the high tide reached 5.6m along Selangor’s coast in the early morning.
Klang Zone Fire and Rescue Department officer-in-charge Amir Haizal Sahak said they were on duty at the Pulau Ketam jetty since 3am on Sunday to watch for possible flooding.
“We also had personnel on standby at other coastal areas but water did not enter houses so no one had to be evacuated,” said Amir Haizal, adding that personnel from the Civil Defence Department, police, Klang Municipal Council and the Klang District Office were also on duty.
Last month, the state government released RM4.3mil to repair damaged barriers and to fortify bunds in low-lying areas in preparation for the high-tide phenomenon.
“As at 9am yesterday, water began to recede from all areas.
“Things could have been much worse if there had been heavy rain,” he said.
A check at the Taman Melawis, Kampung Delek and Port Klang KTM station at 7am yesterday revealed none of the roads were flooded and there was no backflow of water into drains along the housing estate.
Amir Haizal said as advised, some villagers took shelter in the Kampung Delek community hall in Klang before the high tide but have since returned to their homes.
“On Monday and Tuesday, the high tide is expected to reach 5.7m, which is expected to be the highest.
“Hopefully, there will be no heavy rain as that would worsen the situation,” said Amir Haizal, adding that among the areas that are expected to be affected in Klang are Sungai Serdang, Bandar Klang, Taman Melawis, Kampung Tok Muda, Pandamaran, Taman Selat Damai, Kampung Sungai Pinang, Kampung Sungai Lima and Pulau Ketam.
The high tide phenomenon is expected to last until Oct 21.
On Sept 19, 20 and 21, several locations along Selangor’s coastline were badly affected by high tides measuring up to 5.6m,
For information, call the Selangor Disaster Management Unit at 03-5544 7324.