Kuala Lumpur Flash Floods Turn Parking Lot Into Lake

Just 90 minutes of heavy rain on 01 October 2014 brought traffic in parts of Kuala Lumpur to a standstill and turned a parking lot in the Jalan Pinang area into a lake.

Hundreds of motorists were left stranded in rush hour traffic as the flooding left many of the city’s busy roads under 30 cm of water. Traffic around Jalan Sultan Ismail and Jalan Ampang was some of the worst affected. The floods couldn’t have struck at a worse time as far as the city’s commuters were concerned. The heavy rain began at around 16:00 (4:30pm), just as Kuala Lumpur’s roads begin to fill with traffic.

Flooding brought traffic to a standstill
Flooding brought traffic to a standstill
Some drivers needed help.
Some drivers needed help.

The situation was possibly worse for the many motorists who had chosen to park their cars in a parking lot along Jalan Pinang. Flood water filled the lot so quickly that cars were submerged in water up to 50cm deep. All many of the car owners could do was to wait until the floods had subsided before they were able to drive off.

Just a few hours of rain turned the parking lot into a lake
Just a few hours of rain turned the parking lot into a lake
Heavy rain left dozens of cars partially submerged.
Heavy rain left dozens of cars partially submerged.

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