Urgent flood mitigation plans needed in Dudong, says assemblyman

Tiong (left) being briefed by a JKR officer on flooding in the Dudong area.

THE Public Works Department (JKR) in Sibu has been urged to quickly upgrade and maintain the drainage in flood-prone areas of Dudong.

Newly elected Dudong assemblyman Datuk Seri Tiong King Sing said rising water levels in many parts of Dudong was a long-standing problem that had not been properly addressed.

“Now with the year-end rainy season, the threat is worsening the plight of the residents here.

“To tackle this matter urgently, I held a special meeting with Sibu JKR to decide on a plan to upgrade and maintain the drainage in the entire area, along with the costs,” he said.

Tiong said JKR would expedite the issue and obtain the necessary funds from Chief Minister Tan Sri Abang Johari Openg.

The Progressive Democratic Party (PDP) president said there was a need to implement this plan in the shortest time possible to resolve the problem of flash floods.

“I have also repeatedly warned that many sections of the riverbed have high silt levels, preventing rainwater from flowing smoothly along the Rajang to Sarikei and Tanjung Manis.

“This is why riverbed dredging works are crucial,” he said.

Tiong added that JKR must form an overall water control and flood mitigation plan for the seriously affected red zones as soon as possible.

He said because the roads, rivers, and drains lacked the necessary upgrades and maintenance, the substructures of many road sections had become eroded by rainwater, causing sinkholes.

“I have urged JKR to carefully consider upgrading original mud ditches to concrete-based ones for better flood control.

“Regular cleaning and maintenance schedules must also be strictly adhered to so that the flood drainage can be used for a long time,” he said.

Tiong also asked the department to apply for more funding as the original biannual regional upgrading and maintenance work had not been adequate in meeting flood mitigation goals.

“This is to increase the frequency of maintenance work to at least once every two months to prevent floods.

“The five main road sections that have been facing rising water levels for years are Jalan Kong Yit Khim, Jalan Pulau Dudong, Jalan Sg Assan, Jalan Kanowit Penyulau and Jalan Salim New Airport,” he added.

Tiong said the road sections had not been upgraded as planned and gradually lost the capacity for flood discharge.

“Once the rainy season comes and water levels rise, the pavements will get flooded.

“In severe floods, the water level can reach the knee,” he said.

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