June deadline for flood mitigation project

(from left) Yii, Ahmad, Miri deputy mayor Julaihi Mohammad and Ting looking at the project blueprint during a site visit.

MIRI: The contractor assigned to handle the flood mitigation project in a major hotspot here must complete the work by June.

Sibuti MP Datuk Ahmad Lai Bujang told this to reporters after visiting the Taman Tunku housing estate together with Piasau assemblyman Datuk Sebastian Ting and Miri mayor Adam Yii.

Several parts of Taman Tunku, located about 10km from the city centre, were badly hit by flash floods during heavy rain.

Ahmad told reporters RM1.5mil had been approved by the state government for flood prevention works.

“The money had already been approved.

“We want the contractor to complete the project by June this year.

“The flood mitigation works involve the construction of a 1500mm wide and 610mm long reinforced concrete drain.

“Other works include raising the existing level along a 1000mm length of the road and also the installation of a gabion wall cum flap gates to control water flow in the event of heavy rain.”

A second site inspection was also conducted at Eco Park, another flash flood prone area.

Yii said that the retention ponds constructed in early January have been maintained after flooding at Eco Park.

“A channel has been dug to control the direction of water flow while sandbags and barriers have also been set up to prevent water from overflowing.

“The Drainage and Irrigation Department is currently working on a long-term plan for this area.”

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