Works to widen 530m of monsoon drains in Klang part of flood mitigation plan

Klang Municipal Council Engineering Department director Zamri Othman (left) discusses the details of the Taman Eng Ann Flood Mitigation Plan with MPK Engineering Department, Irrigation and Flood Mitigation Division civil engineer Mohd Fazrul Syamel Hassan at the council's headquarters.

WORKS to widen the 530m stretch of monsoon drains along Lintang Kasawari 3, Jalan Pekan Baru and Jalan Kasawari 5 in Taman Eng Ann in Klang are part of an ongoing drainage upgrade to mitigate flash floods.

Costing RM3.8mil, the Taman Eng Ann Flood Mitigation Plan is a major upgrade to tackle frequent flash floods around the lower terrain of Taman Eng Ann, a housing and commercial area that spans 33ha.

Funds allocated for the flood mitigation plan come from the Selangor Government.

Klang Municipal Council (MPK) Engineering director Zamri Othman said other than monsoon drains being widened, the plan includes a 7,000 cubic metre L-shaped water retention pond.

“Our consultant had advised that the under-sized monsoon drains needed to be widened to hold a higher volume of rainwater run-off due to the intense rain from changes in weather patterns. Old monsoon drains that measure 0.61m are being widened to 1.2m, ” he said.

He added that an underground U-drain that crosses Persiaran Rajawali will be constructed to channel rainwater run-off to the water retention pond that would be built on the 0.3ha vacant plot of land next to Wisma 99 Speedmart.

Zamri said water that is directed to the retention pond will be channeled out to the Lebuh Angsa drains at the border of Taman Berkeley and it would empty out into Sungai Rasau.

“For this, the 0.61m stretch of residential drain at Lebuh Angsa opposite the terrace houses will be widened to 1.5m and it will have a cross culvert with a width of 1.8m at the end of the drainage, ” he said.

He added that the flood mitigation plan with drainage improvement works was much needed to fix flood woes as more intense rain was expected to occur due to climate change.

Taman Eng Ann Residents' Association chairman Datuk Tan Hock Guan said the people who live in the area were thankful that the Selangor Government had allocated the funds to improve the drainage and construct the water retention pond to alleviate the flash floods.

“It’s an old neighbourhood, close to 65 years old. Drains are nearing the end of their lifespans and this goes for other basic amenities that must be given priority for an upgrade.

"With the monsoon drains widened, most residents want guard rails placed along it for the people’s safety, ” he said.

Tan added that once the flash floods are resolved, it would protect people’s homes, buildings in the catchment area including traffic on the road.

MPK Irrigation and Flood Mitigation civil engineer Mohd Fazrul Syamel Hassan said the project is moving smoothly and is expected to be completed on Jan 5,2022.

Fazrul said the water retention pond is crucial to protect the neighbourhood.

Tan added that for a sustainable approach, MPK must ensure that all drainage networks in Taman Eng Ann be desilted while those that are broken must be refurbished immediately.

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