Taman Melawis residents want monsoon drains desilted to prevent flash floods

Chandran showing a drain at Jalan Sembilang 8E that is filled with rubbish, silt and overgrown grass. — KK SHAM/The Star

TAMAN Melawis residents in Klang want Klang Municipal Council (MPK) to desilt two monsoon drains and a dual culvert outlet at Jalan Tepi Sungai opposite Sluice Gate 38.

This, they said, was to prevent flash floods during the high tide phenomenon expected to take place on Oct 7.

Resident Siti Hasni Abdul Latif, 45, who saw floodwaters enter her house porch last Sunday, said the monsoon drain at the end of Lorong Loyang would overflow with rainwater during downpours.

“We need MPK to clear up the monsoon drain stretch from Kampung Martin, off Jalan Teluk Pulai, that runs behind Jalan Lintang Besi until the end of Jalan Tepi Sungai.

“Another monsoon drain that needs attention is the one from Jalan Teluk Pulai that runs parallel with the railway tracks passing the end of Lorong Loyang,” said Siti Hasni, a businesswoman.

She added that some drains were choked with rubbish and overgrown weed that could impede surface runoff.

Kavitha Nadarajan, 47, another resident, said the neighbourhood was on low ground, so it was important for the drainage network to be cleared before the high tide started.

“Last Sunday was the first time that flash floods occurred this year.

“Part of Jalan Emas was impassable to traffic and water had flooded the porch of some houses, while for others, their kitchen and the back of their houses were inundated,” she said.

Kavitha said the arrival of high tide, coupled with downpour and strong winds, always made Taman Melawis residents anxious.

K. Chandran, 63, a former Klang Water Works Department employee, said wild grass, plants and debris in monsoon drain outlets along Jalan Tepi Sungai must be removed to ensure free flow of water.

He said a 130m drain along Lorong Gangsa must be cleaned as rubbish and overgrown grass choking the sump nearby disrupted water flow.

“Other than the immediate clean-up measures, we want MPK’s Engineering Department not to drag its feet on the proposed flood mitigation project to build a cross culvert at the end of Lorong Loyang to divert surface runoff to Jalan Sembilang 8E off Jalan Tepi Sungai,” he said.

In September 2017, Selangor government approved an RM10.4mil allocation for flood mitigation works in Taman Melawis that was supposed to begin in the first quarter of 2018.

Plans for the mitigation works included a concrete diversion culvert under a rail track and widening of the monsoon drain.

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