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Heavy rain causes floods & traffic jams in many parts of S'pore
Heavy flooding in parts of Singapore
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Singapore residents woke up to another downpour early this morning.

Skies were dark and, in the eastern part of Singapore, the downpour started after 7am.

Bedok resident and Singaporean executive Catherine Tan was on her way to work when she was caught in a traffic jam caused by rising flood waters.

Miss Tan said she avoided Tanah Merah MRT station at New Upper Changi Road when she heard there was a flood there. She decided to take a taxi instead, but she was still caught in a traffic snarl at flooded Bedok South Road.

She told AsiaOne: "The cars in front were hardly moving, so I was stuck in the jam for more than 10 minutes. It was like wading through sea water. Some of the cars were stalled, which caused the jam. One driver tried to escape the flood by driving over the kerb dividing the two-way road, but his car got stuck. He and another passenger then tried to lift the car off the kerb. It sounds incredible but true."

Nearer to AsiaOne's office in the Singapore Press Holdings News Centre at Toa Payoh North, rising water level and gusty winds delayed many rushing to work.

Photographer Alvin Teo, 20, an intern with AsiaOne, said of the scene he saw while walking from Braddell MRT station to the junction leading to his workplace: "The junction was flooded. People looked like they were swimming!"

A check half an hour later by AsiaOne revealed that the waters at the junction had since subsided.

Mr Teo also saw two women chasing after their slippers, which were swept away by the waters.

Reports from local media and government agencies indicated heavy flooding in many areas in Singapore.

The heavy rain caused flash floods in a number of areas, including Bukit Timah Road/ Dunearn Road, Thomson Road and Balestier Road junction, and Old Airport Road. The flash floods subsided within 30 minutes.

The Public Utilities Board (PUB) advises the public to be careful as flash floods may still occur in the event of heavy storms.

PUB, Traffic Police and Singapore Civil Defence Force (SCDF) officers were seen around the island helping those caught in the floods.

SCDF rescuers guided the passengers and driver from a taxi stuck at the junction of Macpherson Road and Kampong Ampat to safety.

At a flooded childcare centre in Telok Kurau, the SCDF pumped water from the centre and also helped to evacuate about 18 children and seven adults from the premises.

Fallen trees cause traffic chaos

Over in the Orchard area, branches, snapped off by strong wind, fell and blocked two lanes near Orchard Central, disrupting traffic flow.

A tree fell on vehicles using the Central Expressway (CTE) towards Yishun, between Ang Mo Kio Avenues 1 and 3. A man and woman were hurt and were sent to Tan Tock Seng Hospital.

At Kampung Bahru Road, a tree fell and injured a man and a woman. Both were sent to Singapore General Hospital.

Weather warning

The Meteorological Services Division has issued a rain-with-thunder warning. It said to expect showers with thunder late morning and early afternoon for the next three days.

About 100mm of rain fell within one hour between 8 am to 9.30 am. The amount of rainfall is approximately more than 60 per cent of the average monthly rainfall for June.

Last Wednesday, parts of Orchard Road and Bukit Timah were flooded, causing damage to luxury shops and vehicles. In Orchard, Hermes and the three-day-old fast-food outlet Wendy's were among those whose premises and goods were reported damaged by the flood.

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