Tuesday, January 24, 2017

Singapore hit by flash floods after heavy rain

Source Website: http://www.tnp.sg/news/singapore/singapore-hit-flash-floods-after-heavy-rain
By Isabelle Liew, The New Paper, 24 January 2017 at 06:00 am


The water level at Kallang River in the flood plain at Bishan-Ang Mo Kio Park had threatened to overflow at 11am yesterday.
PHOTO: The water level at Kallang River in the flood plain at Bishan-Ang Mo Kio Park had threatened to overflow at 11am yesterday. PUB sends out warnings after heavy rain caused by prevailing North-East Monsoon conditions.
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Heavy rain from 10pm on Sunday until noon yesterday led to 32 traffic accidents and multiple flooded areas across the island.

Flash floods occurred at a 20m stretch at the junction of Craig Road and Tanjong Pagar Road, and a 30m stretch at Maxwell Road (towards Kadayanallur Street) after South Bridge Road at around 9am, PUB said in a statement yesterday.

A PUB spokesman said: "Drainage improvement works at the junction of Maxwell Road and Tanjong Pagar Road will commence next month and are expected to complete by the third quarter of this year."



Having fun in the flood in Singapore in 1974
PHOTO: Having fun in the flood in Singapore in 1974
Children enjoying themselves in the flood.  The early morning Sumatra (monsoon), travelling at a speed of 15-knots lashed through Singapore from west to east flooding several low lying areas.  The six-hour storm started at 5.30 am when thousands of workers and students were on their way to work and school.  The worst affected areas were Bukit Panjang Village and Tanjong Pagar where the water level was over 30 inches.  Both places were also not passable to traffic.
National Archives of Singapore (NAS) description of this photo taken on 21 May 1974 above.  Ways done in the past, floods in Singapore almost 43 years ago.
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At around 9.30am, PUB said on its social media pages that the water level at the Alexandra Canal Sub Drain B, at Prince Philip Avenue near Redhill MRT station, was at 100 per cent.

It also sent out a warning for several high flood-risk areas as water levels rose above 90 per cent at Tanjong Penjuru/Penjuru Road, Tiong Bahru Road/Boon Tiong Road and Jalan Seaview.

Bishan Road and Yio Chu Kang Road were also added to its list of high flood-risk areas at around 11.20am.



Flood in the kampong in 1954.
PHOTO: Flood in the kampong in 1954.
Source: National Archives of Singapore.
Picture posted by Thimbuktu on 15 October 2011 - Flood as Natural Disaster

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The water levels for all of these areas fell below 90 per cent by noon.

The Meteorological Service Singapore (MSS) had said on Jan 16 that more showers are expected in the second half of the month due to prevailing North-East Monsoon conditions.



Flood at Geylang in 1974.
PHOTO: Flood at Geylang in 1974.
Source: National Archives of Singapore.
Picture posted by Thimbuktu on 15 October 2011 - Flood as Natural Disaster

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When The New Paper visited the Alexandra Canal at noon yesterday, there was a slight drizzle, and the water level of the 1.2km-long canal had subsided to about half its height.



Floods at Alexandra Road in 1978.
PHOTO: Floods at Alexandra Road in 1978.
Source: National Archives of Singapore.
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Workers from Toh Guan Enterprise Hub, who declined to be named, told TNP that the water threatened to overflow at 9am but did not.

High water levels at the Kallang River at Bishan-Ang Mo Kio Park also receded after the rain stopped, said the PUB spokesman.

Madam Cheong Lee Meng, 66, a retiree who lives in a block overlooking the park, said high water levels were common there.

"There is shallow water if there is no rain. There was heavy rain today, but I was not alarmed because the water didn't reach the bridge or pathway. The water receded fast after the rain stopped," she said.

Social media was flooded with photos and videos of the flash floods.

Places included Maxwell Road, Tanjong Pagar, Commonwealth, Supreme Court Lane and Upper Cross Street near the State Courts.



Women walk in the rain in Singapore's financial district Raffles Place on 25 August 2015.
PHOTO: Women walk in the rain in Singapore's financial district Raffles Place on 25 August 2015.
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Facebook user Jama Mohamed posted a video of a flash flood in a drain near the Commonwealth Crescent carpark.

Twitter user Shaiful Rizal, 30, was on his way to work at Lim Teck Kim Road in the Tanjong Pagar area at 9.20am when he lost his slippers in ankle-deep water.

He told TNP: "I lost my slippers while I was crossing the road at the traffic lights. My feet were fully submerged. Luckily I found some spare shoes in the office."

Lianhe Wanbao also reported that the water was gushing out from drains at the bus stop outside Haw Par Villa MRT station.



Water gushing from drains near the bus stop outside Haw Par Villa MRT station during a downpour yesterday.
PHOTO: Water gushing from drains near the bus stop outside Haw Par Villa MRT station during a downpour yesterday. The heavy rain led to 32 traffic accidents and flash floods in several areas across the island. Shop owners in Chinatown said the bad weather had dampened sales in the lead-up to Chinese New Year on Saturday.
PHOTO: LIANHE WANBAO
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SPARED
Upper Thomson Road, which was hit by flash floods last Thursday and on Christmas Eve, was spared during yesterday's rain.

Mr Syed Ridzwan, 40, a waiter at The Roti Prata House, near Jalan Keli, told TNP that he was thankful that it did not flood.

He said: "I was worried at first, but everything was under control. I am still worried about business being affected because customers are scared that it will flood here."



Pedestrians walking in the rain as water floods the streets of Upper Thomson on Saturday (Dec 24), the day before Christmas.
PHOTO: Pedestrians walking in the rain as water floods the streets of Upper Thomson on Saturday (Dec 24), the day before Christmas.
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Shop owners in Chinatown said the rain had dampened sales in the run-up to Chinese New Year on Saturday.

An MSS spokesman said the heaviest rainfall as of 5pm yesterday was recorded mostly over the south-eastern and south-western parts of the island - around Kallang (99.6mm), Buona Vista (96.6mm), Queenstown (92.4mm) and Marina Barrage (91.0mm).

By Isabelle Liew, The New Paper, 24 January 2017 at 06:00 am


Giant monitor lizard causes stir in HDB estate
PHOTO: Giant monitor lizard causes stir in HDB estate
SINGAPORE : A giant monitor lizard caused a stir in Rivervale in Sengkang estate on Sunday afternoon. The lizard, which was about two metres long, was tied up by residents.

Rescuers from the Animal Concerns Research and Education Society (ACRES) removed the rope and tape. A spokesman from ACRES said the creature appeared to be very tired and upset. They have released it to a suitable habitat that is approved by the National Parks Board. ACRES said the monitor lizard could have used the drain to get to the housing estate after a heavy downpour. - CNA/ms, Satish Cheney Channel NewsAsia, 11 July 2010
Posted by Ria Tan on 7 December 2010 at 09:06:00 AM

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Orchard, Scott, Paterson and Tanglin roads were also submerged in flood water as traffic was brought to a standstill for more than an hour as the usually crowded shopping district is turned into a ‘ghost town’.
PHOTO: Orchard, Scott, Paterson and Tanglin roads were also submerged in flood water as traffic was brought to a standstill for more than an hour as the usually crowded shopping district is turned into a ‘ghost town’. Such rampant flooding is almost unheard of before 2009 with some Singaporeans speculating if the Marina Barrage might be a possible cause.
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