JOHOR Baru residents frustrated by frequent flash floods want the city council to take action and prevent future incidents.
Taman Suria resident John Ivan, 65, said for the second time in a week, floodwaters entered his house along Jalan Murni 2 after a downpour.
“It started raining heavily at around 6am and after about 30 minutes, water began entering the back of my house.
“After the earlier incident, I decided to put up a 20cm barricade at my back door because I was worried it would happen again.
“I had just completed the structure the day before but it was not enough to prevent water from entering my kitchen, spare room and bathroom,” he said, adding that murky water from a sewer also gushed into residents’ compound.
John hoped local authorities would put in place preventive measures.
Johor Baru City Council (MBJB) Kampung Melayu Majidee/Taman Suria zone councillor Sa’adiah Hussin, who visited the area, said some residents claimed the flash floods occurred after the implementation of a drainage project there a couple of months ago.
“The project was initiated to prevent floods in the area.
“I will ask MBJB to speed up work on the project,” she said.
Resident Norisham Norman, 44, said he and his family were asleep when floodwaters entered his house in Jalan Belumut, Taman Johor.
“My house is located about 25m from Sungai Skudai.
“The early morning downpour caused the river to swell.
“My wife and I woke up at around 5am as our neighbours shouted to inform us that floodwaters had reached 1m high.
“We managed to grab a few valuables and sought shelter on the second floor of our house with our two children,” he said, adding that their belongings and furniture were damaged in the flood.
Johor Fire and Rescue Department said about 1,650 residents were affected by the flash floods in various parts of Johor Baru.
A department spokesperson said reports of flash floods were received at about 6.24am on Sept 30.
He said in Kempas, about 500 residents from Jalan Denai Utama and some 100 residents off Jalan Permatang were affected.
He added that about 50 residents in Kampung Laut, Skudai and 1,000 residents of Kampung Kangkar Tebrau also experienced flash floods after heavy rain.
Other areas affected included Kampung Melayu Pandan, Kempas Lurah, Taman Skudai Baru, Taman Johor and Kampung Ubi, he said.
“We deployed teams to the locations to assist the residents. Fortunately there were no injuries or people trapped in their houses.
“Although the situation improved, we will continue our monitoring and be on standby,” he said.
In his Facebook page, Johor Ruler Sultan Ibrahim Ibni Almarhum Sultan Iskandar told the state Drainage and Irrigation Department and local councils to carry out studies at flash flood-prone areas immediately.
“The department and local councils should present the findings to me as soon as possible.
“The high rainfall has caused certain places to experience flash floods.”
Sultan Ibrahim advised residents, especially those staying in low-lying and high-risk areas, to take precautionary measures as the weather was unpredictable.
At the same time, the district disaster management committee, local councils and rescue agencies should also be on standby for floods, he added.