Sat, Jul 17, 2010
Heavy morning showers flood S'pore
Heavy morning showers flood S'pore
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BARELY weeks after an island-wide flooding struck Singapore, residents on early Saturday morning encountered another bout of heavy showers, causing severe traffic disruptions.

Waters reached as high as knee-level in areas like Orchard Road, where the Singapore Civil Defence Force (SCDF) had to evacuate motorists and passengers to safety.

Residents along Crescent Road woke up around 7am today to find the water literally up to their doorsteps, and were forced to move their vehicles. 

"The flood was rather high and reached around my knee level," said Ms Ting Joe Li Yah via email. "Cars were salvaged and damaged minimised," she added, explaining how neighbours pitched in to wake each other up.

Pictures sent in to citizen journalism website Stomp (The Straits Times Online Mobile Print) showed that areas like Adam Road, Bukit Timah Road, Bedok and Sims Avenue were affected as well

Netizen Nadia described the situation at the junction of Bukit Timah Road and Stevens Road as a "terrible jam", with "all four directions flooded, and many cars and buses stuck in the middle of the junction, as it was the only dry area."

In a statement released by PUB, flood waters reached a height of 300mm and subsided around 7am. It also said that the affected areas were "mainly known hotspots".

Rainfall on Saturday morning was more than the average total monthly rainfall of 158.3mm for July and was caused by unstable weather conditions in the region, said the National Environment Agency (NEA).

SCDF evacuates stranded passengers and motorists

SCDF fire engines were dispatched to four areas between 5am to 6am this morning to evacuate motorists and passengers.

At Upper Thomson Road near Thomson Plaza, the SCDF assisted about 20 passengers from a double-decker bus and about 10 cars stuck in water.

More than 20 passengers were stranded in their vehicles at Eng Neo Avenue, near the Bukit Timah Road junction, and had to be evacuated.

At the junction of Orchard Road near to the Borders bookshop, another 15 passengers stranded were brought to safety.

Occupants at a building along Mayflower Avenue were advised by SCDF officers to remain indoors as the high waters only affected the road.

Check for weather updates on AsiaOne here.

Do you have photos of the flood this morning? Send them in to A1Admin@sph.com.sg


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