In a hot and humid country like Singapore, the rain is a welcome visitor.
When it pours down on our streets, it may spoil our outdoor plans, but the cool weather is always a nice change.
It’d be the perfect opportunity to curl up with a book or take a nap, except we’ve been doing that for the last year or so, thanks to COVID-19.
In addition to running your picnic, heavy rains can also wreak havoc in a city; when canals don’t have the sufficient capacity to drain the falling rain, it has to go somewhere, and that’s how flash floods start.
This morning’s downpour was particularly bad, so much so that the Singapore Civil Defence Force (SCDF) had to be called in.
This Morning’s Flood Was So Bad, SCDF Had to Evacuate People From 4 Vehicles; 25 Others Self-Evacuated
If you drove by the junction of Tampines Avenue 10 and Pasir Ris Drive 12 this morning, you might have witnessed a startling sight.
The junction was flooded with water, partially submerging multiple vehicles in the 1m-deep waters.
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That’s why the SCDF received a call for assistance at the junction at around 7:40am.
When officers arrived, they found 13 vehicles that were stationary and partially submerged in the flooded junction.
Officers had to evacuate five people from four vehicles and brought them to sheltered areas nearby.
Before the officers arrived, 25 other motorists and passengers had evacuated from their vehicles.
The SCDF said one person was taken to Changi General Hospital for “leg pains”.
Video Shows Man Wading in Knee-Deep Water at Junction
One video of the floods which was shared on Facebook shows a white vehicle with its wheels nearly fully submerged underwater.
The driver can be seen dangling a bag out of his window, presumably to pass it to a man who can be seen approaching the white vehicle.
The man could be seen wading through the flooded junction with the water level up to his knees.
Residents Warned to Avoid Certain Areas
Earlier in the morning, PUB said on Facebook that water levels in drains and canals reached 90% in some parts of Singapore due to the downpour.
The agency advised residents to avoid the following areas for the next hour as they were at risk of flash floods:
- Siang Kuang Avenue (Unit 35)
- Upper Paya Lebar Road
- Lorong Gambir/Gambir Walk
- Puay Hee Avenue/Siak Kew Avenue
- Lorong 2 Toa Payoh (Blk 122)
- Langsat Road/Lorong 105 Changi
- MacPherson Road/Playfair Road
- Mount Vernon Road
- Playfair Road OD (Bartley Road East)
- Jalan Lokam/Upper Paya Lebar Road
They later advised residents to avoid three more areas, namely:
• Choa Chu Kang Ave 1/ Teck Whye Lane
• Woodlands Rd / KJE
• Choa Chu Kang Way/ Choa Chu Kang Ave 1
Do check PUB’s Facebook page for more updates, especially if you live or work in these areas.
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