Council to chop down trees to solve flood issues

Workers from SMC’s contractor clearing Jalan Pedada drainage of all refuse. Fallen leaves from trees by the roadside are clogging up the drainage system in Sibu. — Filepic

SIBU: All trees by the roadside which are not planted by the Sibu Municipal Council (SMC) will be removed as they are one of the causes for drainage blockage.

Chairman Clarence Ting said the fallen leaves from these trees block the smooth flow of water in the drains, especially during heavy rain.

“Since June 23, we have been experiencing flash floods due to heavy rain. Trees planted outside the fences of houses are among the causes of flash floods due to the leaves dropping and clogging the drain, ” he said.

Ting said the council would be writing to households and informing them that the trees would be chopped down.

“We are going to clear these trees which are not planted by the council. Those who want to keep them will have to write to the council.

”Our action is not to take away the rights of the people but to solve the drainage problem, ” he said.

Ting said from his observation, the other cause of the flash floods was due to sand blocking the drains.

“I want to tell contractors of housing projects not to let the sand fall from their trucks which then end up in the drains, blocking them. In Rejang Park area, it took SMC two weeks to clear the drain blockage problem which was caused by sand, ” he said.

On the flash floods in Jalan Amoi, he said the council would only be able to solve the problem there if it was able to build a drain running through private land.

“Residents in Jalan Amoi have been complaining of floods. There is no drain there as the place is private land. So I urge landowners to surrender their land to the council to allow SMC to construct a drain, ” he said.

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