Friday, December 21, 2012

Drain upgrade ends persistent flood woes

Article in Selangor Times
Published: Fri, 07 Dec 2012

SUBANG JAYA:  Residents are pleased with the completion of drain upgrading works along Jalan Tujuan as it has solved a persistent flooding problem in the area. 

“It has definitely helped. There is no more flooding. Previously, we had floods for a couple of years,” said USJ3/1 Residents’ Association chairperson Andy Lam. The 58-year-old businessperson said during heavy rainfall, roads in the area would be covered with water over 30cm high. 

A resident, Mak Meng Chin (JKP3), Victor Loo (Chairman of Residents' Association USJ 3/2), Andy Lam (Chairman of Residents' Association USJ 3/1) and rep from MPSJ Engineering Dept give their thumbs-up to the drain upgrading works along Jalan Tujuan

Lam, who has lived here for 22 years, said debris, branches and leaves would be carried afloat before being deposited all over the place once the water subsided. “It was very unsightly,” he said.

The  upgrading works began in July after the Subang Jaya Municipal Council (MPSJ)  received a grant from the Selangorku fund.

Contractor Ehiya Enterprise Sdn Bhd was engaged to carry out the works which cost RM251,000.

“I am grateful to the Selangorku fund. The state must continue to set aside funds for infrastructure as the local councils don’t have enough,” Subang Jaya assemblyperson Hannah Yeoh told the press while meeting with residents on Monday during an inspection of the drains.

She said the drains are now 120cm-deep at the beginning of Jalan Tujuan and 240cm-deep at the southern end. The whole project spans a length of 500m. 

For the past two years, the local council received 15 complaints from residents over floods in the area, said Yeoh.

“According to the Department of Irrigation and Drainage (JPS), the recent rains have been extraordinary. Normal drains cannot cope with the rising water levels,” Yeoh said, adding that USJ1 is currently experiencing flash floods which only subside after a few hours. She urged MPSJ to “come down hard” on errant developers there who may have blocked drains when working on new developments.

1 comment:

Xavian said...

Hey that's my house! :D