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Klang braces high tides and floods
By TEH ENG HOCK
Friday August 31, 2012
KLANG: Klang residents are bracing for flash floods again with heavy rain and high tides predicted for September.
At the Klang Municipal Council (MPK) full board meeting, acting president Ehsan Mukri told councillors to be prepared as a combination of the two elements had previously caused massive flooding.
“Next week (the first week of September) is when tides would be at the maximum, and we hope it doesn’t rain too heavily.
“It is normal to get 50mm of rain. But during the floods last week, it was 80mm.
“And during the big flood in March, it was more than 90mm,” he said.
The tidal chart shows that the sea levels would rise between 4.1m to 5.2m at dawn and dusk for the first week of September.
He added that the RM5.2mil flood mitigation project would start next week.
MPK’s Smart Service Squad have been put on standby to provide emergency relief services and flood reports can be made to MPK’s operation room at 03-3371 4404.
MPK councillor Yew Boon Lye said he hoped the public would be more prepared for worst-case scenarios.
“If the sea level is higher than 4m, the tidal gates have to be closed.
“And with heavy rain, rainwater cannot be channelled out to the sea,” he said.
Klang MCA Youth chief Ching Eu Boon urged MPK to step up its garbage collection and cleaning services to lower the risk of flooding.
“Many drains are filled with sludge, sand and earth.
“They need to be regularly cleaned using high-pressure sprays,” he said.
He added that the Crisis Relief Squad of MCA will be on standby to help in the evacuation and welfare of victims.