MBPJ urged to monitor old trees in Section 17

A storm on Thursday evening caused 12 trees to uproot in S17, Petaling Jaya.

RESIDENTS want the authorities to check on old trees and their potential to uproot after a thunderstorm on Thursday evening caused trees to topple, leading to some property damage in Section 17, Petaling Jaya.

Section 17 RT chairman Charlie Chan said he had lived in the neighbourhood since the 1970s and Thursday’s storm was the worst he had seen.

About 12 large trees in the neighbourhood uprooted and three had fallen on vehicles during the storm.

No one was injured in the incident.

“The old trees are near the fence of houses and there is a high chance of them falling into our porch and crashing onto vehicles parked inside our compound.

“A lot of trees uprooted in this recent storm, so I urge Petaling Jaya City Council (MBPJ) to check the rest of the trees now instead of having to face a bigger problem later.

An MBPJ spokesperson said the trees uprooted due to limited space for the roots to grow healthily.

“Understanding the severity of this issue, the city council’s short-term measure is to carry out scheduled tree maintenance.

“We will monitor these trees and MBPJ will chop down trees that are of high risk of endangering the public.

“Our long-term plan is to replace these high-risk trees with suitable trees, ” said the spokesperson.

Five trees along Jalan 17/3 uprooted, while two trees fell onto vehicles in Jalan 17/32 and Jalan 17/31.

A large tree also fell outside the main gate of a residential unit in Jalan 17/6.

Electricity supply was interrupted when a large tree fell on an electric pole in Jalan 17/35.

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