RESIDENTS in Taman Klang Jaya want Klang Municipal Council (MPK) to upgrade old and broken drains in their neighbourhood.
The 40-year-old residential area has narrow and shallow drains that can no longer hold water after heavy rain.
In some areas, the drains have collapsed and water cannot flow freely, resulting in knee-high flash floods.
The drains are also filled with weeds, rubbish and broken concrete.
“Floodwater usually enters my house 30 minutes after it rains, and it comes from overflowing drains,” said resident Teo Sau Hoon, adding that the problem started about six years ago.
A drive around the neighbourhood showed many houses had built concrete slabs as high as 0.6m to prevent water from entering their homes.
“The drainage system in our area is quite peculiar because in some corner homes, there is a drain outside that ends abruptly and does not connect to the side of the house,” said Teo.
M. Pulendran, who has lived in Jalan Seruling 1 for 40 years, said the drains have to be widened and deepened.
“These drains connect to drains in Sri Andalas and Sentosa as well as Sungai Aur,” he said.
Taman Klang Jaya Residents Association chairman P. Tilaka said MPK officers had done partial repairs on some broken drains.
“What is the point of repairing them halfway when water still gets stuck?” she asked.
The neighbourhood is also plagued with indiscriminate rubbish dumping, especially Jalan Seruling 38 where the drains below shophouses occupied by foreign workers are constantly filled with rubbish.
“We have seen people throwing rubbish from their windows into the drains,” said Tilaka.
The residents have proposed that closed circuit television (CCTV) cameras be installed to catch the culprits.
“There are only seven workers in charge of cleaning Taman Klang Jaya and Taman Desawan that have more than 1,000 houses.
“We hope MPK can look into this and increase the manpower,” said Tilaka.
Residents are also concerned about abandoned houses in the neighbourhood and foreigners who loiter in big groups at the park along Jalan Selampit 29.
“These people don’t even live here. They are preventing residents from using the park,” said resident Uma Palan.
Residents met with MPK president Datuk Mohamad Yasid Bidin to highlight the problems.
He pledged to look into the problems immediately and upgrade the drains soon.
Sentosa assemblyman G. Gunaraj said the broken drains were supposed to be repaired by this year.
MPK councillor Sebastian Rao said some of the drains have already been upgraded.