FLASH floods struck Simpang 144 of Jalan Beribi, the second occurrence this month, prompting residents to express their concerns over the recurring incident.
According to a resident, Joshua Tan, the rising flood waters entered his compound through the front gate, inundating his garden and porch before making its way into the house, engulfing the living room, kitchen and maid’s quarters at around midnight.
The flood waters, as high as one feet, rushed into the home and damaged electric appliances such as laundry machines, refrigerators and kitchen equipment. It began to recede only at around 1pm the next afternoon.
“The flooding can be attributed to a drain, which was built next to a recent house development project in the area. This drain leads to a smaller one that is clogged with vegetation thus causing the water to exit in other directions including nearby homes.
“Due to the first flash floods on January 18, I was forced to repair my cars with my own money as insurance does not cover vehicles damaged or affected by floods. It is rather unfair to spend so much and lose sleep over a predicament, which the relevant authorities can resolve.”
Meanwhile, Hj Momin bin Hj Sawal, a government retiree and the longest-staying resident in the area, shared that his household managed to park their cars on higher grounds after observing the rise in water level.
“When the first flash floods struck, we didn’t anticipate it. Hence, I had to spend money to repair one of our cars. Although my home is built on an elevated level at almost five feet, the floods still affected us and cost me lots of money. How can anybody stand this especially a retiree like me?
“The residents were frequent victims to many flooding incidents in the past but relevant authorities resolved the problem by building a new drainage system in 2013. However, the development works and diversion of drainage systems in the area have caused the flooding issue to resurface again.”
Another resident, Adriana Asmie, shared that her household has experienced flooding several times over the years, which damaged their vehicles. “Sometimes, we have to go without a car for a week due to ongoing repair works and insurance doesn’t cover our cars. This has been difficult for us,” she said.
“Whenever it rains, we worry especially after the first flood this year. Last night, we went out for a movie and came home at around 11pm to find that our Simpang was flooded and roads to our house was inaccessible. We had to stay in a hotel for the night.
“My mother and brother were home at the time and stayed up preparing for the worst. We have been expecting the flood season to come and had removed all the carpeting in our home. We hope that the relevant authorities can rebuild the drains to ensure a smooth water flow in the area,” she said.