Living with flooding for 11 years

TWO residents of Taman Saujana Puchong 10 in Puchong are frustrated that despite multiple complaints on flooding affecting their homes, the problem has not been resolved by the local authority.

Sasitharan Subramaniam and neighbour Abu Din Che Man attribute the problem to poor drainage and infrequent cleaning work, compounded by the fact that their houses along Jalan SP 10/6 are located at the bottom of a slope.

“My house will get flooded whenever there is a downpour.

“Water from the drains in front and behind my house will overflow into my home, ” said Sasitharan, 44, adding that the water would sometimes reach knee-high.

“I’ve incurred extra expenses replacing damaged furniture and electrical items.”

Sasitharan is also concerned about his family’s welfare as he is the only able-bodied adult at home.

The other occupants are his three children aged between four and nine, his elderly mother and a visually-impaired brother.

“I have to rush home to help with the clean-up every time it rains, ” said Sasitharan, who works as a customer service personnel for a medical device company.

Similarly, Abu Din said water from the front and back drains would flood his garden and kitchen during heavy rains, although the problem was not as severe as Sasitharan’s house.

Despite many complaints lodged since April 2010, both said the Subang Jaya City Council (MBSJ) has not been able to find a permanent solution for the problem.

“MBSJ sent its engineers and contractors here.

“The city council built and expanded the drainage but the infrastructure still cannot cope with the large volume of water.

“It also doesn’t help that the drains are often filled with silt, ” Abu Din said, adding that drain cleaning work was infrequent, and only done when complaints were made.

In a statement, MBSJ Corporate and Strategic Management Department deputy director Azfarizal Abdul Rashid said scheduled cleaning and maintenance works had been carried out.

“However, we still receive complaints about floods in that area.

“After our officers inspected the site, they found that the problem stemmed from a crossing culvert at the intersection of Jalan SP 10/6 and Jalan SP 10/3A which cannot handle high water flow whenever it rains heavily.

“As such, MBSJ is preparing a proposal to upgrade the crossing culvert as a long-term solution, ” he said.

Azfarizal did not give a timeline on when the upgrade would be completed.

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