RESIDENTS are appealing for an immediate clean-up of drains at Lorong Batu Unjur 3A, Solok Batu Unjur 3B and Lorong Batu Unjur 3C in Taman Bayu Perdana, Klang to prevent flash floods.
They said that within 25 minutes of a downpour, the drains would overflow and inundate their homes.
Surface run-off fills up residential drains resulting in dirty water overflowing into kitchens and toilets of houses there.
Clogged drains, caked in mud, have been identified as a main reason.
Resident Tan Ah Hock, 63, said some 90 houses were affected by flash floods frequently.
“Residents notice that the drains fill up fast during heavy rain with water spilling into the back portion of their houses.
“One reason is because cleaning contractors do not scoop out mud from the drains.
“An immediate measure is for KDEB Waste Management cleaning contractors to clean the drains thoroughly.
“We also want Klang Municipal Council’s (MPK) Engineering Department to review the drainage network along Solok Batu Unjur 3B and Lorong Batu Unjur 3C, and redesign it to have the surface runoff flow into the monsoon drain bordering Taman Bayu Perdana and Tengku Ampuan Rahimah Hospital,” he said.
Resident, P. Balachanthiran, 56, said flash flooding was a recurring issue at Solok Batu Unjur 3B, Lorong Batu Unjur 3C and part of Lorong Batu Unjur 3A for almost two decades.
The most recent flash floods occurred last Friday.
Continuous rainfall caused water to overflow from the back lanes into residents’ homes, he said.
“Most of our residents went out to check the drains,” he said.
“They found that the rainwater was not being channelled away from the drains fast enough because of the mud in the drains.”
Resident Datuk K. Deepakaran, who lives at Lorong Batu Unjur 3C, said a concerted effort to resolve flash flooding was needed with MPK’s Engineering Department and Drainage Irrigation Department to find a permanent solution.
“Engineers can carry out immediate assessment of the drainage system around Taman Bayu Perdana and see if wider drains are needed.
“Since the area where the flash floods occur is a low-lying part of the neighbourhood, the council should identify ways to channel out the water,” he said.
Meanwhile in Taman Palm Grove, resident Suleka Madhavan is irked over the failure of cleaning contractors to remove silt accumulated in residential drains along Lebuh Siput.
She wants the drains to be cleaned up.
“Besides Lebuh Siput drains, the inner residential drains parallel to Persiaran Seraya main road needs to be cleaned.
“Dried leaves, litter and silt need to be removed.
“We also want MPK to inspect and repair the broken culverts,” she added.