Shah Alam village’s solution to floods troubles neighbours

A FLOOD mitigation effort by residents of Kampung Telok Menegun is causing concern to those in the neighbouring housing estate.

The villagers had dug a drain near the house of resident V. Magantheran who lives in Taman Menegun Indah, Shah Alam.

He alleged that the earth drain dug to channel water could have caused the ground around the septic tank manhole at his house to sink.

“Eight houses border the neighbouring individual lots in Kampung Telok Menegun.

“To address the flash floods in the village, residents had dug the earth drain.

“I believe the surface runoff had caused the area around the manhole to sink.

“If this continues it could affect the septic tank, ” he said.

Hazlinda Abdul Rahman, who lives in Kampung Telok Menegun, said they had dug the drain to

channel excess water during heavy rain but the flood problem persisted.

“I hope Shah Alam City Council’s (MBSA) Engineering Department can resolve it, ” she said.

Magantheran said the backflow from Jalan Seri Muka 36/27 into back lanes parallel to Jalan Seri Muka 36/27B had resulted in drains becoming clogged.

Taman Menegun Indah residents want the drains desilted as they claim it had not been cleaned for eight years.

“We believe the silt and rubbish in the drains have caused water to enter our kitchen, ” said G. Parameswary, 64, adding that a thorough clean-up of the drains within the gated-and-guarded neighbourhood was needed.

Indah Water Konsortium corporate communications senior manager Shahrul Nizam Sulaiman said their investigation had shown that the pipes and sewage flow was normal.

Meanwhile, MBSA Corporate and Public Relations Department head Shahrin Ahmad said the council’s Solid Waste Management and Public Cleansing Department would get workers to desilt all drains in Taman Menegun Indah.

“It will take a few weeks as the concrete covers will need to be removed for the drains to be desilted, ” he added.

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