Wet, wet woes: (Above) Bukit Jambul is flooded once again after an evening downpour.
GEORGE TOWN: A blocked underground drainage saw six houses located on a slope in Hong Seng Estate, Mount Erskine, flooded during an evening downpour.
Firemen and Civil Defence Force personnel had to install a water pump to draw out the rainwater which flooded some of the units to waist-level.
Rojak seller Tan Swee Hoe, 56, said she was shocked to see her kitchen and living room submerged in water at 7pm yesterday.
“I rushed home after receiving a call from a neighbour, saying my house is flooded.
“But I did not expect such a sight. I did not manage to move my furniture and electrical appliances to the upper floor, thus incurring several thousand ringgit in losses.
“I have been staying here for 17 years and this is the first time my house is flooded,” she said at her house.
Pulau Tikus assemblyman Yap Soo Huey said 17 people from five houses were affected while the sixth house was unoccupied.
She said the Fire and Rescue Department and the Civil Defence Force personnel moved in to install a 400m pipe to pump the water out from the house manually.
“The water is channelled to a nearby river and it may take a few hours if the weather is good,” she said, adding that the district office will evaluate the losses.
Late last month, seven houses in the estate were affected by soil erosion. A consultant engineer Datuk Lim Kok Khong had said the soil erosion was due to water seeping under the ground.
Penang Gerakan secretary H’ng Chee Wey urged the state government, with the aid of the experts, to look into the cause of the problems.
“The state government needs to ensure that the existing infrastructure, including the drainage system, can cope with the demand before it approve new development projects.
“We hope the local authorities can be proactive in the matter,” he added.
Rising waters also flooded the Bukit Jambul area, reducing traffic to a crawl.
Bayan Baru MP Sim Tze Tzin said a RM400,000 flood mitigation project started last month.
“The project will create a shortcut for the floodwater to be discharged directly to Sungai Nibong river instead of passing through Jalan Tun Dr Awang,” he said, adding that the project was expected to be completed at the end of next month.
Source: The Star by chong Kah Yuan