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Sibu’s flood mitigation project keeps town flood free

SIBU’S flood mitigation project — which is currently in its first phase — has apparently done a wonderful job in keeping the town relatively flood free.

If you live in areas like Upper Lanang Road, Kapor Road, Merlin Road or Ling Kai Cheng Road in Sibu, around the end and beginning of each year, you would be used to fighting off flood waters and trying to protect as much of your property as you could.

This time round, however, even though it was a wet Christmas and first week of the New Year coupled with king tides, the flood mitigation project in Sibu town has apparently done wonders.

Even though still at an early stage, the nine water pumps already installed at two pumping stations greatly reduced flooding in low-lying areas.

The pumps — four in front of Kingwood Hotel and five at the Central Market — each have a capacity to pump three cubic metres per second.

It’s a little technical but apparently if the water level reaches 1.6 metres, the first pump will start automatically. If the water continues to rise to 1.8 metres, the next pump in line kicks in and so forth.

Residents of Sibu’s low-lying areas have been pleasantly surprised by these developments, which prove that the government has been on the right track all along.

It’s good that members of the Sibu Visionary Team such as Dato Sri Wong Soon Koh actually have real vision.

Another individual who tends to crow about the floods in the Sibu parliamentary constituency has been surprisingly quiet about the positive developments. Perhaps this individual is actually “upset” that the government’s flood mitigation efforts have already shown promising results although only in the first phase?

Usually this person would be pointing fingers and doing a lot of blaming and coming up with “expert” theories, which he knows he does not need to ensure materialises. He just needs to get the people all worked up and thinking the government is wrong.

Why is it that when the flood mitigation project has obviously made a positive impact on the people in Sibu town, this individual has kept so silent? Ah well. I guess he is not really interested in the people’s needs or happiness. Just political mileage.

Anyway, to ensure real transformation (and not just passing change), the government has allocated RM52 million for Phase II of the Sibu Flood Mitigation Project.

Natural Resources and Environment Minister Dato Sri Douglas Uggah Embas said it would include raising another 1km stretch of Lanang Road to act as a bund, improvement work to 1.6km of roadside drains, and building two tide control gates and a water-pumping station at Ek Dee River.

A contractor has also been appointed to dredge the Rajang River at Pulau Kerto as another flood mitigation initiative and this is expected to be completed by the end of March.

Dato Sri Uggah added that the government has also allocated RM3 million for a similiar  project at Sungai Bidut, opposite Sibu town.

Job well done. Real transformation for the future of Sibu. Good stuff.

The report from Borneo Post:

Nine water pumps save Sibu from major flooding

SIBU: Nine water pumps at two pumping stations greatly reduced flooding in low-lying areas here during the recent period of heavy rain.

Second Finance Minister Dato Sri Wong Soon Koh pointed out the success of the pumping stations located in front of Kingwood Hotel and Central Market.

“In fact, there was hardly any flood water in the traditionally flood-prone areas from Kapor Road to Tiong Hua Road and to Ang Chiu Koh. This is a good sign and with the Phase II Sibu Flood Mitigation plan about to start, the people of Sibu should no longer fear floods any more,” he told reporters when visiting the Kingwood pumping station yesterday.

He said the water pumps at the two stations would work automatically depending on the water level at their respective locations.

There are four water pumps at the Kingwood station and five water pumps at the Central Market station. The pumps have a capacity of three cubic metres per second.

When the water breeches 1.6 metres, the first water pump would automatically start.

“When the water level reaches the 1.8 metre level, the second water pump would then automatically start working also and the process goes on like that,” Wong explained.

Most of the waterlogged areas were now clear of water and residents had expressed satisfaction with the flood mitigation project.

Wong added that Sibu folk could expect more once another pumping station along Ek Dee Road, under Phase II of the flood mitigation project, is completed.

Phase I of the flood mitigation project, he said, is almost 90 per cent completed, with full completion expected by February.

He thanked Minister of Natural Resources and Environment Datuk Douglas Uggah Embas for helping to ensure floods would no longer haunt Sibu folk.

On sand dredging work at Pulau Kerto, Wong said the project has been handed over to the contractor and work is expected to start next week when machinery arrives from Kuching.

The project, with a contract value of RM9.7 million, will take 14 weeks to complete.

On Phase II of the flood mitigation project, Wong said the tender would be out by next month. The second phase runs from Jalan Saga, Upper Lanang to Sibu Central Market.

Wong said more sections along Upper Lanang would be open before Chinese New Year to ensure a comfortable drive in the area.

A report from Bernama:

Sibu gets RM148m for flood mitigation projects

SIBU: The government has allocated RM52 million for Phase Two of the Sibu Flood Mitigation Project.

Natural Resources and Environment Minister Datuk Seri Douglas Uggah Embas said its detailed design had been completed and the construction tender would be called this month.

“It will include raising another one-kilometre stretch of Lanang Road (to act as a bund), improvement work to 1.6km of roadside drains, and building two tide control gates and a water-pumping station at Ek Dee River.

On the dredging of Rajang River at Pulau Kerto as another flood mitigation initiative, he said a contractor had been appointed for the RM9.7 million work.

He said this was expected to be completed by end of March this year.

Uggah said the government had also allocated RM3 million for a similiar  project in Sungai Bidut opposite Sibu town.

On the progress of work under Phase One of the Sibu Flood Mitigation Project, Uggah said it was now 91 per cent completed.

He said the RM83.3 million project was scheduled to be ready by next month.

“The two water-pumping stations at Loba Lembangan and Ang Chui Kow under this project have been effective in keeping some parts of the most flood-prone areas such as the Kapor and Tiong Hua roads free of floods so far,” he said. — BERNAMA

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