Yesterday’s ‘Showering’ in MCE is Due to Fire Sprinklers That is Activated By Accident, Not Burst Pipe

Image: Facebook (Singapore Taxi Driver)

Now you’ve probably heard of: “It’s a Bird… It’s a Plane… It’s Superman.”

Yes, it’s a musical and also a phrase catapulted to cult status and/or meme fandom depending on how you look at it, and/or if you are a fan of the original Superman.

Doesn’t matter though, for it doesn’t change the fact that I’m still me writing this article, and you are still you, the reader.

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Confused? Maybe.

But certainly not as much as the commuters who took a trip through the Marina Coastal Expressway (MCE) yesterday.

For in their heads, they went “It’s water … it’s rain … it’s pee-pur …man?”

Water in MCE 

“Water in MCE” sounds exactly like a parody or satirical play which could contain a tune or two akin to “It’s water … it’s rain … it’s pee-pur …man?”

But water in MCE was a reality yesterday at around 7am along a tunnel stretch of the MCE.

Now, that’s not PMI 400-level haze from our neighbours, but rather, a fine mist sprinkling blessings on commuters.

Here’s a video of the incident captured on film and uploaded onto Facebook Group Singapore Taxi Driver.

Avoid ecp towards mce…. Hearsay pipes burst.. Traffic building upYes, it’s confirmed

Posted by Singapore Taxi Driver on Monday, 18 March 2019

In what appears to be a taxi, the driver and passenger can be heard discussing about the origins of the water.

Burst pipes and sea water were contenders for the-true-water-identity award.

If you don’t know, part of MCE is indeed under the seabed, and it is at its deepest point, roughly 20 metres beneath.

That equates to a lot of scary water and high pressure above.

Several motorcyclists can also be seen stopped along the road shoulder, with some staring in awe of the liquid shower, while some scrambled for the raincoat.

Clarification from Land Transport Authority

Thankfully, the Land Transport Authority (LTA) has responded with clarification on the matter. According to a LTA statement: “At 7.10am today (day of the incident), the water-based fire-fighting system along a 25m stretch of the Marina Coastal Expressway (MCE) westbound tunnel, after the East Coast Parkway/Fort Road entry, was accidentally triggered due to a technical fault.”

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