Johor Baru, Pasir Gudang city councils to build two weirs at Pasir Gudang Highway to stem flooding

Johor Baru City Council mayor Datuk Adib Azhari Daud (third from left, in white) looking at Sungai Rinting, near Jalan Cendana 13, Taman Rinting, Pasir Gudang, the source of the flash flood that occurred on Saturday (Nov 21). -Starpic

JOHOR BARU: Johor Baru City Council (MBJB) and Pasir Gudang City Council (MBPG) will be working together to build two weirs at Sungai Rinting near Pasir Gudang Highway, here.

MBJB mayor Datuk Adib Azhari Daud said the development will start immediately, aside from other works such as clearing up clogged drains four times a month and river sludge every six months.

"The weir will be placed near Jalan Tembusu 2, along the 500m river just before the border with MBPG.

"We will also be building portable guardrails that can be opened and changed for any vehicles that are stuck on the road during flood, aside from a warning road sign on the Pasir Gudang highway," he said, adding that the weir is expected to be completed within a month.

He was met by reporters after conducting a site visit to three locations at Pasir Gudang highway that was inundated with water during the recent flash flood on Saturday (Nov 28).

He added that MBJB has provided a yearly allocation of RM4.5mil for any cleanup work within its area, with the frequency of eight times a month.

Meanwhile, MBPG mayor Asman Shah Abdul Rahman said that the council will build their part of the weir near Jalan Masai Lama, about 400m along Sungai Rinting.

"But we need to conduct soil examination first before conducting any development on the river. We need to build a proper barrier at the riverbank first and see if it works before proceeding with the weir project.

"The weir will slow down the river current, especially during monsoon," he said, adding that MBPG will also spend RM2mil to upgrade amenities in the Pasir Gudang highway.

On Nov 21, continuous heavy rain caused the water level in Sungai Rinting to rise and flooded a few areas in Taman Rinting and Bandar Seri Alam.

The incident occurred at about 2pm and the water receded at about 5pm on the same day.

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