SMK Tengku Ampuan Rahimah one of the worst-hit by floods

Photos by K. K. SHAM

Several housing estates and parts of Klang town were flooded in a two-hour downpour yesterday morning.
The affected areas were Pandamaran and Kampung Idaman in Port Klang, certain parts of Bukit Tinggi, Johan Setia, Taman Sentosa, Sungai Udang and Kampung Delek.
Watery sight: The SMK Tengku Ampuan Rahimah is inundated with water after a downpour.
Drains overflowed into homes and two schools were affected thus disrupting lessons.
Klang Municipal Council (MPK) public relations officer Norfiza Mahfiz said Klang North and South were hit by flash floods and the council ordered 50 men from the engineering, planning and environmental department to help residents who needed help to move their belongings to higher ground.
“The drains leading to the Klang River cannot cope with the huge volume of water thus overflowing into the surrounding areas.
“SMK Tengku Ampuan Rahimah and SRK Methodist ACS Klang were also hit,” she said.
Getting wet: Students from SMK Tengku Ampuan Rahimah wading through the water.
After the floods, students and teachers joined in to clean the classrooms of mud.
Norfiza said motorists stopped by the roadside and waited for the floods to subside. Several vehicles stalled when the drivers tried to drive through the flooded roads.
Tow truck drivers were seen doing brisk business towing the cars to workshops.
Tour buses coming into Klang’s Little India were forced to park outside the business enclave.
The tourists stayed in the buses and were treated with hot tea tarik and cookies.
Businessman N. P. Raman said the flash floods had caused water to flow into shops in Little India.
“Jalan Tengku Kelana was like a river running through the town. Some motorists were stranded as their cars broke down in the middle of the road,” he said.
Many people going to work were caught in a traffic crawl along the flooded Jalan Teluk Pulai.
An irate motorist said the roads in Teluk Pulai and the nearby Taman Melawis were flood-prone and this was a long-standing problem.
“We all know the drains are clogged and thus overflow whenever it rains. The council must do something to solve this problem,” he said.

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