Traffic cameras to serve as early flood warning tool

  • Metro News
  • Thursday, 17 Sep 2020

MPK Enforcement CCTV Unit’s Mohd Yazid Ahmad (seated) and Azman A. Hamid monitoring the township through surveillance cameras that will be used during high tide on Sept 19 and 20.

CLOSED-circuit television cameras used for traffic management in Klang will double up as an early warning tool to detect rising water levels in low areas during this weekend’s high tide phenomena.

Coastal areas in Selangor have been put on vigilant flood mode, as on Sept 19, the tide is forecasted to reach 5.7m at 7.16am while on Sept 20, the tide is expected to hit 5.6m at 7.53am.

Klang Municipal Council (MPK) Enforcement Department director Shahrul Hazri Abd Majid said the council’s surveillance cameras would act as an early flood warning tool.

“Out of the 76 camera locations, we have five cameras in low- lying areas or flooding hotspots,” he added.

“Our enforcement CCTV Unit staff will keep a keen eye for rising water levels.

“We will have real-time images from cameras at sites across Tanjung Harapan, Pulau Ketam jetty at Jalan Foreshore, Jalan Jambatan Connnaught, Jalan Tepi Sungai and Menara MPK.” said Shahrul, adding that the council’s CCTV Unit staff would have a dual task.

“Our enforcement staff will keep an eye out for traffic and monitor the occurrence of flash floods,” he explained.

“As soon as water levels rise, the unit will inform the council’s Quick Action Team (Pantas), Klang Civil Defence Department and Port Klang Fire and Rescue Department.”

Council president Dr Ahmad Fadzli Ahmad Tajuddin was glad that the CCTV Unit decided to turn a passive monitoring camera into a visual sensor, which maximises the potential of the equipment.

“The unit’s role is now much more important as they will mobilise the relevant authorities. Some cameras are in critical areas within a 5km radius of Sungai Klang,” he said.

“Our aim is to utilise the cameras to warn residents of rising waters.”

Fadzli added that even the Sluice Gate 38 at Jalan Tepi Sungai that controls high tide waters from breaching inland was monitored with cameras and sensors to automatically shut the gates.

Asked how MPK planned to warn people of rising waters, Fadzli said the council planned to upload information on water levels in real time on its Care website.

“Most people have smartphones so those who surf MPK’s website will get updates on rising waters,” he said.

Meanwhile, MPK Environmental Services Department director Zaireezal Ahmad Zainuddin said monsoon drains in flood-prone areas under the purview of the council were being desilted.

“Our in-house cleaning team has been cleaning up monsoon drains.

“On Sept 16, they cleaned the drain in Kampung Martin that runs behind SK Methodist ACS in Taman Melawis,” he said.

Zaireezal added that the drain across D’Anjung neighbourhood, which bordered Taman Melawis, would also be cleaned to ensure smooth flow of water and prevent flash floods from occurring.

On the high-tide phenomenon expected to go into October and November with tides remaining high, Fadzli said the council would monitor the situation.

The high-risk flood areas in Klang identified by Selangor Disaster Management Unit are Kampong Tok Muda, Kampong Sungai Pinang in Pulau Indah, Pandamaran, Taman Selatan Damai, Port Klang, Kampong Sungai Serdang, Bund Sementa, Bund Sungai Keramat, Kampong Perepat, North Port, Telok Gong and Pulau Ketam.

Klang Fire and Rescue Department will monitor these areas too.

Residents in Klang can call MPK’s Disaster Operations Room at 03-3370 1095 if they encounter difficulties during the high tide.

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