After raining heavily and continuously for two days and nights, Taman Guru
became flooded yesterday. The water level rose so high that it reached the
windows of the houses. It was believed to be the worst flood ever to hit this
The roads leading to and out of the housing estate were flooded
too. In fact, the whole place looked like a lake. In the morning, when the water
level was just starting to rise, children came out from their homes to play in
the water. Some daring boys were swimming in
the `lake'. Many residents could not leave their homes to go to work. Their
children too had to skip school too.
When the water was too high for safety, the residents had to
evacuate to higher ground. This was in the
late afternoon. Rescue boats were sent to transport them. As the boats were
insufficient to transport all the victims, some men waded in the shallower parts
and walked away from the flooded parts.
Along the main roads, many cars were stalled in the water. Apparently, water
had seeped into the engines. In front of
house gates and within the house compounds, cars were stuck there too. The
owners had to leave their homes without the vehicles.
The flood victims were put up at a hear by school which is on higher ground.
At times of crisis, the charitable spirit of the community becomes ever more
evident. People from other areas came to offer the flood victims help. They
donated food and other essentials.
Fortunately, the floodwater subsided the next morning. The affected people
were seen returning to their homes.