ALL that T. Naysarajah, 80, and his wife Ambikai Chelliah, 73, can do when it rains heavily is watch helplessly as water from the drain outside their house at Jalan Ladang in Southern Park, Klang overflows into their compound and home.
Naysarajah said floodwaters would reach knee-height.
“Our house experienced its first flash flood in June 1995.
“It worsened after the naturally flat terrain was elevated when residential lots nearby were built,” said the former teacher.
Prior to this, their home, built in 1957, had never been inundated.
“Southern Park was first set up with 32 houses on individual lots built under the banner of Jaffnese Co-operative Housing Society.
“There were only four rows with eight houses on each row while a vast oil palm plantation bordered Jalan Ladang.
“In the 1970s, terrace houses were constructed and it became a bigger residential area, also called Southern Park.
“This did not cause flash floods,” he said.
The pioneer owners of the individual lots sold their properties and the subsequent owners demolished the old structures and raised the land, which he said had triggered surface runoff onto his property.
Naysarajah urged Klang Municipal Council’s (MPK) Engineering Department to find a solution.
“I have written to MPK numerous times and in 1998, the Engineering Department widened the drain along Jalan Ladang to 0.8m but it was a futile exercise,” he said.
Ambikai bemoaned the damage to her furniture each time floodwaters entered their home.
“For more than two decades now MPK has not resolved the matter.
“Most of the wooden furniture, electrical items, doors and even the walls have been affected.
“Floodwaters seep through the walls and has damaged the parquet flooring in the master bedroom,” she said
They built a concrete skirting of about 0.2m at the front and back of the house but the floodwaters still flowed in.
“Once floodwaters enter, it takes four hours for the water to recede. Each time I struggle to clean up. I get exhausted, and suffer aches and pains,” she lamented.
MPK’s Corporate Communications Department director Norfiza Mahfiz said the department would coordinate with the Engineering Department to investigate the flash floods.