| Wani Roslan |
THE heavy downpour over the weekend affected several households along Jalan Ban 3 of Mukim Sengkurong and Jerudong, with flood waters dealing a blow to residents, homes and cars in the areas.
Jalan Ban 3A resident Haji Mohd Zain bin Haji Abdul Ghafar lamented, “The water level started to rise around midnight and eventually rose to three feet due to the heavy rain fall and overflowing river. Though this is not the first experience, this is undoubtedly the worst flooding we’ve had. We had to move most of our cars to higher grounds.
“The flood water started to recede in the morning and now we are cleaning up the house and the surrounding, sullied by soil and debris,” he added.
Some routes along Jalan Ban 3 are still between 1 and 1.5-metre deep in water, but vehicles are able to drive through. Several houses are, however, still inundated in water up to two metres high.
Another flood victim, Haji Abdullah bin Haji Salim of Kampong Jerudong, said the flood water had reached two feet by midnight, but that thankfully, it had receded by 2am.
“Our home is affected by flood as it is located in a low-lying area and surrounded by houses in high-lying areas,” he said, adding that the “nearby clogged drains is the main cause of the flooding.”
“I have been to the Public Works Department several times suggesting the construction of a concrete drain. This would help minimise the impact of flooding,” he added.
Low-lying areas are the most affected by flash floods as the rivers and drainages tend to overflow during extended heavy downpours, resulting in flood waters sometimes reaching three-feet in depth.