FLASH floods on Jalan Menglembu-Lahat in Ipoh needs to be resolved urgently, says Menglembu assemblyman Steven Chaw.
He said the flooding incident, with waters reaching knee-high, occurred at least twice a year.
“I have received many calls and complaints from the public asking for a solution.
“We believe that the flooding is due to a shallow drain under the bridge that is unable to accommodate high volumes of water from Sungai Kledang especially during the monsoon season,” he said in a press conference at his service centre in Ipoh.
Chaw said he had informed Ipoh City Council and the state government on the matter but no action had been taken so far.
“During the recent state assembly in August, I highlighted not only one but two other areas in Menglembu that are badly affected by flash floods.
“Batu Gajah MP V. Sivakumar also raised the matter at the Dewan Rakyat,” he added.
Sivakumar, who was present at the press conference, said the issue had been brought to Works Minister Datuk Seri Fadillah Yusof’s attention.
“Based on the written response received, the minister said the matter was under the local authority’s purview.
“He (Fadillah) also said the relevant departments, including the state Drainage and Irrigation Department, had not received any report on flash floods in the area.
“We even have pictures and people complaining about floods,” he added.
When contacted, a city council spokesperson said the flood was due to waste that gets stuck at a narrow drain.
“The flood-prone area is located between residential and industrial areas.
“The large amount of waste along with the high volume of incoming water is the reason why flash floods occur frequently,” he said.“Ipoh City Coucil’s plan is to find suitable locations to instal waste traps in the area.
“We plan to upgrade the drainage system there as a long-term solution,” he added.