THE never-ending flash floods at the Lim Garden zone in Ipoh, Perak can be addressed with the cooperation between various relevant agencies, says Buntong assemblyman A. Sivasubramaniam.
He plans to call for a meeting with the Ipoh City Council and the Drainage and Irrigation Department to thrash out the problem and solve it once and for all.
The drains in those areas need to be widened as they cannot cope with downpours.
“These drains are over 60 years old. They are unable to cope with the volume of water when it rains heavily, ” he said after visiting a few areas in the zone.
The zone has 970 houses in eight housing estates namely Taman Lim, Taman Kandy, Taman Unique, Taman Harmoni, Taman Maxwell, Taman Achi, Taman Eden and Taman Muhibbah.
They are all prone to flash floods and the heavy rainfall during the current monsoon season is giving residents sleepless nights.
About 500 houses were affected on Nov 18 when floodwaters rose up to their knees in some areas.
Sivasubramaniam hoped the state government would allocate funds to ensure the drainage system was upgraded.
“For the past five years, the residents in the zone did not experience such bad flash floods like the one on Nov 18.
“Sungai Pari nearby has been deepened to its maximum and residents must stop throwing rubbish into rivers, ” he said.
Lim Garden Residents Association chairman S. Arunasalam said upstream development in the zone have taken place for years without proper retention ponds and rainwater had no avenue to flow out.
Nearby rivers, he said, also required desilting and a proper solution to divert water was vital.
“Water pumps must always be in working condition to ensure excess water is channelled out and not the other way round, ” he added.
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