Dudong assemblyman Datuk Seri Tiong King Sing hopes to resolve the flooding woes faced by residents of Jalan Sentosa in Sibu, Sarawak.
This resettlement area has been plagued by floods during heavy rain for the past 20 years.
Tiong together with personnel from the Drainage and Irrigation and Department (DID) and the Malaysia Civil Defence Department recently travelled by motorboat to investigate the cause of flooding in the area.
The team checked the river estuaries and monsoon drains there.
“Maintenance and dredging work on these rivers have not been done properly.
“Without deep dredging work on the rivers, siltation had built up and caused blockages.
“Flash floods occur easily after heavy rain,” said Tiong, who later visited Bridge A and Bridge B in Kampung Usaha Jaya as well as areas that usually flood in Jalan Bukit Lima Timur.
They noted that the surfaces of the drains and estuaries were cleaned up.
However, Tiong said there was an urgent need to have deeper riverbeds and fix the uneven slopes, inconsistent widths and other maintenance works for the drains.
He said the heavily silted estuaries had severely affected the flow of water from these rivers into other channels.
“The thick fungi on the river surface also makes it difficult for motorboats to traverse.
“The monsoon drain is not well dredged, because they are using a small excavator.
“It is impossible to clear debris and rubbish that sink to the bottom of the rivers.
“I strongly recommend that these drains and rivers be upgraded with the use of reinforced concrete as part of the flood mitigation solution,” said Tiong.
He also proposed that the authorities demolish the bridge in Bukit Lima Timur, as many of its poles were impeding water flow from the river and causing blockage.
“I informed the district office to convene a flash flood committee meeting on Jan 25 and to get Sibu Municipal Council, Sibu Rural District Council, DID and Public Works Department to develop a master plan to estimate the cost for the flood mitigation project,” he said.
He added that he would also seek funds from the state and federal governments to resolve the flood problem in Jalan Sentosa.