KL floods and the not so Smart tunnel

Yes, flash floods striked KL again  last Sunday afternoon/night. And certainly more massive and serious than last Saturday night.

According to an Oriental Daily report today (metro frontpage), the entire Jalan Campbell (a.k.s Jln Dang Wangi) was flooded in the afternoon, causing a lot of problems and inconvenience to their headquarters staff.

On the previous night, water levels reached  ‘waist height’ in areas such as Salak South. Ampang and Pudu areas were also flooded heavily.

A friend of mine told me just now that the exit of the Smart tunnel at the Sg Besi section (just several meters from the designated toll booths) was closed for traffic on Saturday night (from about 8 pm) due to flash floods!

So much about the not so smart Smart ( Stormwater Management and Road Tunnel) tunnel!

I like to draw bloggers’ attention to a special report in The Star on Sunday 3 June 2007 Focus F31, titled “Tunneling their way to the big league”. The ‘mat salleh’ has said some very nice thing about the Smart tunnel.

Get a hardcopy (as I could not find a soft one) and read it. I reserve my comment on the article. I would report to bloggers after my second inspection.

Flash floods strike KL


KUALA LUMPUR: Several areas in and around the city were hit by flash floods in the last two days with Jalan Duta the worst hit yesterday during a two-hour downpour. 

At the height of the downpour, many low-lying areas were submerged in at least one metre of water. 

In Jalan Duta, part of the road was cut off to traffic when a 0.5km stretch was submerged in 1.5m of water while in the opposite direction, the road heading towards Jalan Semantan had a fallen tree obstructing two of its lanes. 

A small portion of the road was also damaged by strong currents. 

Traffic nightmare: Part of Jalan Duta was cut off to traffic when a 500m stretch was submerged in 1.5m of water, while this side heading towards Jalan Semantan had a fallen tree obstructing two lanes.

A City Hall operations centre spokesman said other areas affected by the flash floods were Jalan Travers, Jalan Bangsar, Jalan Tun Sambanthan in Brickfields, Jalan Semantan and Jalan Universiti. 

The other affected areas were Jalan Tun Razak and Jalan Chan Sow Lin. 

The waters, however, receded within minutes after the rain stopped. 

The City Hall spokesman also said several areas in Salak South and Ampang were hit by flash floods when waters began to rise after it started raining at about 4pm. 

There were no casualties or major accidents reported during the downpour, he said, adding that some roads were hit by flash floods due to clogged drains and road construction. 

Trees along several roads were also uprooted but City Hall workers managed to clear them away.  

A Jalan Bandar Traffic Police spokesman said policemen were deployed to monitor and direct traffic, adding that the congestion eased after 7pm when the water levels receded.  
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One Response to “KL floods and the not so Smart tunnel”

  1. Sagaladoola Says:

    Hey Ronnie Liu, Lucky guy..

    I found the article that you wanted here:

    Tunnelling their way to the big league


    From scepticism to admiration – tunnel specialist Dr Martin Herrenknecht’s involvement in the SMART project has made him take his hat off to the beginners who have made it to the champions’ league.

    Read more here:


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