SIBU: Flash floods during the landas (wet) season is a perennial problem on the west bank of this town.
Each time it happens, it not only causes inconvenience to motorists as roads would be inundated under a few feet of water but the many vegetable farms there would also be destroyed.
Sarawak United People’s Party Bawang Assan branch chairman Robert Lau Hui Yew said yesterday that to prevent the floods from occurring, they had started to clear away the overgrowth from the main monsoon drain in Sungai Bidut a week ago.
“Previously, we used weed killer and human labour to remove the weeds, which was time consuming.
“This time, we are using an excavator to do the job,” he said.
The clearing work, he said, is being done by the Drainage and Irrigation Department upon their request.
“It is now half done and we are expecting it to be completed in two days’ time,” he added.
The problem there, he said, was that flash floods were caused by the water which could not flow out fast enough because of blockage in the monsoon drain.
“With this clearing of overgrowth, the water will now drain out faster, thereby alleviating the situation,” he added.