A torrential downpour created havoc in Penang this morning.
Flash floods hit sections of Jalan Masjid Negeri/Green Lane and the junction with Jalan Yeap Chor Ee. Not far away, in Jalan Utara, water gushed down driveways and crashed into houses below road-level.
Flood waters also swamped Jalan Sungai Dua, making it impassable to traffic and flooding the basement of an apartment complex, knocking out power.
In Batu Lanchang, the small stream next to the Jelutong School swelled into an ugly mass of swirling water as a couple of frightened cows grazing on the banks tugged on their tether as they waded in knee-deep water. Inside the school, boys raced in glee across the school-field in ankle-deep water and dived down creating a splash.
More scattered thunderstorms are expected over the next three days.
Was your area affected? And what are the causes of these floods? Heavy rain coupled with high tide, over-development and concrete and tar everywhere?
This report from The Star:
Updated: Saturday May 14, 2011 MYT 2:47:31 PM
Floods cause traffic jams in Penang
By K. SUTHAKAR
GEORGE TOWN: A downpour, which began at about 11am, caused flash floods in several low-lying areas here and traffic snarls along major roads.
A check showed that the water rose to knee level in some parts of Minden Heights.
Taman Brown Village Development and Security Committee chairman K. Santha said some houses in Changkat Minden 7 were flooded.
“I have received feedback from members that it is due to a swollen drain within the Universiti Sains Malaysia grounds,” she said.
A check showed that some areas along Jalan Sultan Azlan Shah and Jalan Masjid Negeri were also flooded.
There was a 1km-long traffic jam on the Bayan Baru elevated highway heading to Gelugor.
It was due to a malfunctioning traffic light at the Jalan Sultan Azlan Shah-Sungai Dua junction.
The jams were made worse by vehicles stalled along the roads.