Five decisions reached to mitigate flash floods

MIRI: Due to a sudden heavy downpour on Tuesday, city mayor Adam Yii along with six councillors and two senior engineers from the council’s engineering department had came together to discuss the solutions for flash floods at several locations in the city.

During the meeting, it was noted that Miri City Council (MCC) Serve Team and staff had gone to the ground and took immediate actions to resolve various issues arising due to the flood.

From the meeting, the decisions made were a compilation of database on all flood-prone areas in Miri, site inspections to determine exact causes of the flood, immediate remedial actions especially on the drains, forward planning if immediate remedial actions taken were not sufficient, and official reports to be done and forwarded to the relevant agencies such as the State Public Works Department (JKR) and Department of Irrigation and Drainage (DID).

It was also reported that there was no serious flooding at EcoPark and Taman Tunku on Tuesday night.

According to Yii, the situation had proven that the temporary mitigation measures were effective.

Meanwhile, MCC and DID would implement more permanent solutions which had been planned at the cost of RM15 million and RM10 million.

Also present at the meeting were Cr Abdullah Jaini, Cr Karambir Singh, Cr Keith Chin, Cr Chan Chai Ping, Cr Dominica and Cr Mathew Benson. The engineers Che’ Abu Bakar Che’Said and Nor Rashidah Nawawi.