THE Selayang Municipal Council (MPS) is on high alert for flash floods and is paying special attention to slope erosion during the north-east monsoon.
Its deputy president Cheremi Tarman said measures to prevent and minimise flash flooding had been completed earlier this year, allowing MPS to focus on slope upgrading works in 10 locations since January.
“We started preparing earlier after learning from the previous year’s flood experience and we are better prepared now.
“However, we are concerned about slope erosion and landslides, so in addition to upgrading works, our engineering team has been monitoring critical areas,” he said.
Cheremi said MPS had carried out rehabilitation and upgrading works at sites affected by floods last year.
Six more projects were completed this year – in Taman Sri Melati, Kampung Selayang Pandang, Rawang Perdana, Bandar Baru Selayang, Kampung Selayang Indah and Pinggiran Puncak Templer.
He added that work at four more sites were 50% complete and in progress due to land-related matters.
He told StarMetro that other early preparations included addressing problems at flood-prone areas identified by Selangor Irrigation and Drainage Department in September.
Of the 307 areas in Selangor identified – Taman Sri Selayang, Jalan B27 Jusco Rawang, Taman Rahmat Jaya, Kampung Sungai Kertas, Jalan 11C Selayang Baru, Jalan 21, Jalan 23 and Jalan 62 in Selayang Baru, Jalan Laksamana 10 and the Indian Settlement are under MPS’ jurisdiction.
Preparation works include strategically placing equipment and assets needed for rescue at various locations.
“Our equipment and assets are ready and MPS staff are on 24-hour alert. Our rapid response squad is also ready to go at a moment’s notice.
“If there are emergencies, we can react immediately to what is happening on the ground,” said Cheremi.