KUALA LUMPUR: Chest-deep flood waters damaged the Sentul fire station's electrical system including its telephone lines, causing operations to be temporarily suspended.
City Fire and Rescue Department operations commander Deang Enden Lem said most of the office equipment, including the telephone lines and other electrical items, were damaged by the flood waters.
He said flood water started rising and flowed into the station at about 5pm.
“My men started to drive out several fire engines onto higher ground,” he said, adding that after doing that they started attending to emergency calls.
“No doubt the station is not fully functioning at the moment, but the men are using mobile radio sets to take their directives from the Jalan Hang Tuah fire station,” he said.
Deang said this was the first time flood waters had disrupted operations at the Sentul fire station, although in the past flood waters had overflowed into the station.
He said the telephone lines at the Hang Tuah fire station were swarmed with dozens of calls, mainly relating to flash floods and accidents around the city.
“We attended to at least a dozen emergencies relating to the flash floods in the city,” he said, adding that there was also a minor landslide in Taman Sri Sinar.
Deang said the department had used boats to rescue some of the trapped victims along Jalan Ipoh and Jalan Masjid India.
He said a flood victim, Kwong Chew Foo, 50s, drowned when he slipped and fell into a hole in Old Klang Road, which was covered with water, at about 6pm.
He said the victim's body was found and had since been sent to the KL Hospital for a post-mortem.
Besides the floods, stalled vehicles also aggravated the severe traffic woes in the city.
It is learnt that a van had stalled in the middle lane along Jalan Sungai Besi, causing a crawl all the way back to the Sungai Besi toll plaza.
Several other vehicles, including a car and lorry, had also stalled along the Federal Highway.
Other areas where traffic was at a standstill was along Jalan Tun Razak, Jalan Duta, Ampang, Cheras, Jalan Yap Kuan Seng, Sg Buloh, Kepong, and the LDP and NKVE expressways.
There were also flash floods at the KTM Komuter station in Sg Buloh, Ampang, Jalan Masjid India, Jalan Yap Kwan Seng, Jalan Ipoh, Jalan Sultan Ismail, Old Klang Road and Cheras.
At press time, traffic along several major roads in the city was still at a crawl and many motorist who had finished work have yet to reach home.