SINGAPORE - Netizens reported flooding in the Clementi area as well as Dunearn Road after a heavy downpour hit Singapore in the afternoon today (Nov 4).
Twitter user Vishnu Prem (@burnflare) took a picture of several cars and buses driving through a flooded road in Clementi.
Public Utilities Board (PUB) Singapore also tweeted a report of flash floods at Dunearn Rd, Lorong Kismis and junction of Sunset Drive/Sunset Square. At around 4pm, they warned that the water level in the Bukit Timah Canal had risen to "above 90 per cent" and that the road is facing a high flood risk.
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Twitter user Vishnu Prem (@burnflare) took a picture of several pictures of cars and buses driving through a flooded street in Clementi.
Photo taken by Twitter user @JengaYC outside the KINS training camp in Clementi.
A Straits Times reader sent in a picture of workers pushing a stalled car in Clementi
Instagram user 'iamstunned' took a picture of a section of Singapore Poly that was flooded.
Reports of floods all over Twitter under the tag #SGflood
Parts of Chai Chee were also hit by floods on Nov 3, causing traffic to come to a standstill and pedestrians to wade through water.
Stomp contributor Zenry took photos and videos of the flood at Chai Chee Technopark.
He said: "The road was impassable to traffic for half an hour till the pumps managed to clear the water."
One video showed three women walking through the Chai Chee flood with umbrellas on Sunday.
One of them stumbled and nearly fell down.
Flooding at Chai Chee on Nov 3.
Chai Chee was also hit by a flood the week before.
Vehicles were left stranded at the junction between Chai Chee Road and New Upper Changi Road on Wednesday after the area was flooded again.
Acting Manpower Minister Tan Chuan-Jin, an MP for Marine Parade GRC, said on Facebook that talks are ongoing with PUB and the Land Transport Authority “to deal with the flooding issue”. He added: “It’s quite bad when there is intense rain.”
Hawker Zheng Ji, 54, agreed, saying that the junction has been flooded at least 10 times over the past three years.
PUB said in a statement that drainage improvement works at the junction will be brought forward to mid-next year instead of the fourth quarter.
Another pump will also be installed this week to aid the one transferring water to the drain across New Upper Changi Road.
“In addition, the depressed section of Chai Chee Road will be raised and work will start in November,” PUB said.
Marine Parade Market and Food Centre was also hit by floods caused by the heavy showers on Wednesday.
Hawkers and stallholders, seen working in four-inch deep rainwater, said business was badly affected because of the flooding. "Once the place is flooded, no customers want to come in," said hawker Tan Ah Guan, the 62-year-old owner of the famous Apollo Fresh Cockle Fried Kway Teow.
This after heavy showers caused flash flooding at the same junction on Monday (pictured).
Mr Zheng Ji, a hawker at Foodhub@Chai Chee located at 26A Chai Chee Road, said he has seen the junction flood at least 10 times over the past three years.
"Every time there is a heavy rain, the junction will flood," said the 54-year-old.
"Sometimes, aunties will fall into the drain at the side when the water overflows."
With flood risks in mind, national water agency PUB has stepped up drainage maintenance efforts from once to three times a week.
It will also inspect 100 construction sites to ensure nearby drains remain obstacle-free.
Two pumps were put in place to pre-empt future incidences of flooding at the junction at Chai Chee Road and Upper Changi Road, Acting Manpower Minister Tan Chuan-Jin said in a Facebook post.
The tubes-hose that leads the water away from the low lying area.
The pump extract water via the hose, like a big vacuum cleaner, to the blue tubes that will discharge the water further down where it can flow elsewhere.