Flooded roads a fact of life for apartment folk in Shah Alam


Jalan Tokoh 25/28 outside Valencia Apartment in Taman Sri Muda, Shah Alam, is almost impassable to vehicular traffic when there is heavy rain. — IZZRAFIQ ALIAS/The Star

WHEN heavy rain exceeds half an hour, residents at Valencia Apartment in Shah Alam become anxious.

Drains on both sides of Jalan Jujur 25/30 and Jalan Tokoh 25/28 in Taman Sri Muda, Section 25, would overflow.

Student Muhd Azin Ismail, 17, said many times cars stalled and their drivers would have to call a mechanic.

University lecturer Manan Ngah 65, said flash floods in the area were a three-decade-old problem.

“The matter has been brought to the attention of Shah Alam City Council (MBSA), Drainage and Irrigation Department (DID) and elected representatives, but no solution has been found,” he said.

Manan added that during continuous rain, there was backflow from the roundabout at Persiaran Budiman into the monsoon drains along Jalan Gemilang 25/1 that caused water to flow into Jalan Tokoh 25/28.

Rajes Ramalingam, 37, said the close proximity of Sungai Klang at Jambatan Taman Sri Muda did not help.

“This is also a low-lying area,” he added.

Ravi Jeyaram, 55, said residents were unable to use the roads each time it rained.

“MBSA should build a retention pond close to Sungai Klang and widen the monsoon drains from Valencia Apartment and the surrounding area,” he suggested.

Ravi said the flooded roads posed an even greater danger to motorists at night.

“They cannot make out the sides of the road and may drive into flooded drains,” he added.

MBSA Corporate and Public Relations Division head Shahrin Ahmad said a flood mitigation plan was in place.

“The drains are being widened to accommodate the surface runoff water.

“DID is also upgrading the water pump capacity to address the issue,” he said.

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