Rains unleash pothole mayhem in Klang Valley

Rains unleash pothole mayhem in Klang Valley
Bumpy effect: Motorists have been spotting potholes along Persiaran Anggerik Vanilla in Kota Kemuning, Shah Alam since early this month.
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SHAH ALAM - Heavy rains have turned roads bad in many parts of the Klang Valley, said residents and motorists.

Kota Kemuning resident Lee Kok Sam said roads there were filled with potholes due to the wet conditions over recent weeks.

"The road from the McDonald's to Gamuda Walk is terrible.

"I have noticed that the potholes have worsened," he said.

Motorist Lilian Ong complained about having to avoid a large number of potholes in her housing estate in Kota Kemuning.

"Persiaran Anggerik Vanilla is a dirt road after heavy rains started at the beginning of December," she said.

She said the city council should have been prepared for the wet spell and fixed the damage before it got so bad.

A motorist reported that Jalan Pipit in Puchong, Selangor, was "really bad".

In Kuala Lumpur, residents said that part of Jalan Tun Sambanthan in Brickfields has "sunk a little".

They claimed that the damage was made worse by a seeping water pipe below the surface, which had been badly repaired.

Shah Alam City Council corporate communications and public relations division chief Shahrin Ahmad said it has a team to repair potholes, among other tasks.

"Our Quick Response Team, or Pantas, are on duty 24 hours a day," he said.

He said Pantas was in contact with the Meteorological Department and during rainy periods, would also handle flash-flood situations and fallen trees on roads.

Kuala Lumpur City Hall said that it was monitoring the effects of flash floods in the city around the clock.

Its Civil Engineering and Urban Transport Department senior deputy director Hew See Seng said that multiple departments were involved in the task.

"We are also looking into road repairs, fixing burst water pipes and rubbish clearing.

"There is a lot of rubbish clogging drains after a downpour, causing flash floods," he said.

Also, the Selangor government was looking to use a new tar premix to patch potholes, which would result in better road conditions, reported StarMetro on Dec 7.

The material was more durable and better suited to Malaysian weather.

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