Flash flood hits George Town
GEORGE TOWN, July 2 — Heavy rain that persisted for more than two hours from noon today resulted in several major roads in George Town being cut off due to a flash flood.
A check by Bernama found that among the roads affected were Jalan P. Ramlee, part of Jalan Perak, Jalan Logan, Kampung Makam, Jalan Sungai Pinang, Jalan Anson and Jalan Patani.
The water level in certain areas rose to as high as 1.5 metres but no one was evacuated. However, the flood resulted in hundreds of vehicles being caught in traffic congestion for almost four hours.
A senior officer of the Jalan Perak Fire Station, Shahrulnizam Che Hassan said the station received a report that a handicapped woman was trapped in her home.
“During the incident at 1.44pm, the water level rose up to chest level and firemen had to break open the door of the 40-year-old woman’s house to take her out,” he said.
He said the woman did not suffer any injury and stayed with her neighbour until the flood subsided.
A resident in Jalan P. Ramlee, Lee Eng Hong, 60, said his house was damaged by mud brought by the flash flood.
He said he could not remove his car and motorcycle to higher ground as the flood occurred swiftly and flood waters entered his home.
The disaster and operations officer of the Department of Civil Defence, Northeast District, Noor Mohd Saidi Noor Lajis, said it was monitoring the flood which was reported to be receding. — Bernama