GEORGE TOWN: The flash floods that hit several areas around Bandar Baru Air Itam on Saturday were caused by a sharp rise in the water level of Sungai Dondang, says the Penang Island City Council.
“Because of the (high) water level, the rainwater could not flow into the river completely.
“As a result, there was a spillover from the drains which contributed to the flash floods,” the council said in a press statement yesterday.
The council said, as a long-term solution to address the problem, the state Drainage and Irrigation Department (DID) would carry out phase 2 of the Sungai Pinang flood mitigation works to overcome flooding in the Sungai Pinang catchment area that also involves Sungai Dondang.
“Phase 2 of the Sungai Pinang flood mitigation plan involves an overall allocation totalling RM150mil.
“As a short-term solution, the DID will deepen Sungai Pinang and its rivermouth, deepen and repair the banks of Sungai Ayer Itam, deepen Sungai Dua, Sungai Jelutong, Sungai Gelugor, Sungai Air Terjun and Sungai Dondang, as well as deepen and widen the Sungai Dondang reservoir.
“Potholes that occurred as a result of the flash floods have been identified and repair works will be carried out immediately,” it said.