PETALING JAYA: Residents have blamed over-development for the flood that hit parts of Seri Kembangan on Monday (Nov 1) evening after a downpour.
Aida Fitri who is pursuing a master's is upset that some of her research papers and notes were damaged in the incident.
She said she was at her university when it happened following a downpour at about 6pm.
“My siblings and I were out and the flood water rose to about 30cm.
“Our wooden furniture is damaged and the refrigerator has become faulty," said Aida.
In the 30 years that her family has lived at Jalan 4/4 in Seri Kembangan, this was the first time that flood had hit their neighbourhood badly, she said.
"It could be due to the development in the neighbourhood," she added.
Meanwhile, SJKC Serdang Baru 2 was closed for a day on Tuesday (Nov 2) for cleaning works to be carried out.
The headmistress Sea DC said she decided to dismiss class at 6pm instead of 6.20pm on Monday (Nov 1) after she noticed water rising due to the heavy rain.
However, within 10 minutes, the school was flooded and the children were trapped inside the compound, she recalled.
“We moved the children to the school hall, which is on higher ground. They were young children and they became hungry as it was nearing dinner time. We gave them biscuits and made them wait until they could leave.
"The last student went back at 8pm and some teachers and I left at 11.30pm after planning the cleaning process together with the Parent-Teacher Association,” said Sea.
She hoped that the drainage system would be widened to prevent serious flooding again.
Puchong MCA division chairman Datuk Liew Yuen Keong made a site visit to the affected areas on Tuesday (Nov 2) morning.
He estimated that some 20,000 business premises and households were affected by the flood.
The former Seri Kembangan assemblyman between 1995 and 2008 said the issue was related to the poor upkeep of some of the retention ponds in the area.
He said that a retention pond under the high-tension electrical cable beside SJKC Serdang Baru 2 was neglected.
Based on StarMetro’s visit, the retention pond was overgrown with weeds and not visible to outsiders.
Meanwhile, another pond close to Jalan 4/4 required desludging, said Liew.
He said the pond was earmarked for development in 2003 but was stopped during his term as an assemblyman.
“I stopped the development at the pond because it was important for this area to have this water retention space.
“Several years ago, RM9mil was spent on the upgrade of this pond. However, we did not see much flood mitigation impact.
“The pond needs to be desludged and this neighbourhood needs drainage widening. The infrastructure here is the same as before but there are more developments. The infrastructure requires upgrading too,” he added.
He urged the authorities to make long-term decisions to mitigate the flooding issue instead of carrying out "meaningless site visits".
“I hope the state government will compensate those who lost their belongings due to the flood,” he said.
Liew said areas such as Seri Serdang, Universiti Putra Malaysia, Seri Andalas, Seri Kembangan and Serdang Jaya were affected by the floods.