If you were caught in the massive traffic jam in the evening yesterday from PJ – KL or from KL – PJ or just about from anywhere between Selangor and KL, there’s a reason for it. A majorly costly one, we must add.
In another round of torrential downpour yesterday, several parts of the city came to a standstill because of flash floods. The one-and-a-half hour downpour that ended at about 6pm caught many city folk off-guard.
Traffic at Jalan Sultan Ismail and Jalan Ampang came to a complete stop with water rising rapidly, while the pedestrian bridge at the Chan Sow Lin LRT station was closed due to flash floods at Jalan Yaacob Latif. Motorists were left stranded during the evening rush hour after their vehicles were partially submerged in a parking lot along Jalan Pinang.
The Kuala Lumpur City Hall (DBKL) operations centre confirmed that the areas were flooded but could not comment on the water levels.
A spokesman at the centre said there were also reports on other affected areas in Jalan Jelatek (near the Setiawangsa LRT station) and Jalan Melayu. He said a number of trees were uprooted along Jalan Sultan Salahuddin, Jalan Maarof, Jalan Kuantan, Bandar Baru Sentul, the Sungai Besi-bound Jalan Istana Lama and Jalan Pekeliling Lama and this had worsened the congestion.
Oh gosh. We just hope those cars in those pictures are okay!