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Hillslopes around historic monument to be reinforced


The hillslopes around Canada Hill will be reinforced to prevent further erosion.

The hillslopes around Canada Hill will be reinforced to prevent further erosion.

MIRI: Hillslopes around Canada Hill leading to the Grand Old Lady will be reinforced and stabilised to stop erosion.

Miri City Council is looking into this as conventional methods to prevent erosion have not worked.

The monument is threatened by further erosion due to non-stop rain over the past few weeks, said mayor Adam Yii.

“The council is hiring engineering experts to draw up a suitable design to prevent landslides at Canada Hill.

“We need to come up with an appropriate design that would provide long-term slope stabilisation.

“We may have to reinforce the retaining walls with micro piles or specially-designed cribwalls.

“We faced technical problems with a previous approach, so we need to come up with something else,” he said.

The Grand Old Lady oil well is a heritage monument.
The Grand Old Lady oil well is a heritage monument.

Yii and council engineers visited the affected sites as well as housing areas at the foot of the hill which were hit by several landslides since last month.

At the Kampung Lereng Bukit site, the Public Works Department, Geosains Malaysia and Drainage and Irrigation as well as Geological departments have conducted soil checks.

The torrential downpour saw Kampung Lereng Bukit, Kampung Pujut Tanjong Batu and other places hit by erosion, floods and mudflows.

Ten families are still being housed at a temporary evacuation centre in the Kampung Lereng Bukit community hall because of structural damage to their houses.

Canada Hill is an important historic and tourism site where Malaysia’s first inland oil well was drilled by Canadian miners some 125 years ago.

Today, the Grand Old Lady oil well is a heritage monument.

The Sarawak Petroleum Science Musuem is located adjacent to the monument.

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