Driver Had to be Rescued By SCDF Officers After Lorry Was Submerged in a Flash Flood at Old Chua Chu Kang Road

While most of us have been enjoying the cool and wet weather, the higher rainfall also brings about increased chances of flooding—a potential danger on the roads.

Flash Flood Left Driver Stranded in Vehicle

On Monday, a lorry driver became stranded in his vehicle after it was partly submerged in a flash flood in Old Chua Chu Kang Road at around 3.45pm.

Personnel from the Singapore Civil Defence Force (SCDF) entered the 1.5m-deep water and attached a float to the driver, before guiding him to safety about 10m away.

A passer-by recorded the scene which you can view here:

In the video, the road appears completely impassable and the truck is visibly submerged in the murky water.

Heavy rain on Monday afternoon also led to flash floods in Jurong East Street 32 and Enterprise Road near Boon Lay Way, making the roads there impassable to traffic.

National water agency PUB said its officers rendered help to motorists and directed traffic while closing off the roads.

The floods in Jurong East and Enterprise Road subsided within 30 minutes.

Heaviest Rainfall in Western Singapore

The heaviest rainfall recorded in western Singapore was 134.2mm in Jurong West Street 42 from 2.35pm to 4.45pm, PUB added.

This is equivalent to 88 per cent of Singapore’s average monthly rainfall in March, and falls within the top 1 per cent of maximum daily rainfall records since 1981.

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PUB had earlier said in a series of alerts that water levels had reached 90 per cent in drains near two Housing Board flats along the road at around 3.15pm.

It later issued flood warnings for Choa Chu Kang Avenue 1 and Teck Whye Lane at about 3.25pm, as well as Woodlands Road and Kranji Expressway at 3.30pm.

Water levels in drains also rose to 90 per cent in Boon Lay Way and nearby areas such as Jalan Boon Lay, International Road, Chin Bee Road and Sungei Lanchar, and members of the public were advised to avoid these areas.

Rain Expected to Continue in First Half of March

As the north-east monsoon rain band is set to persist over Singapore for the first half of March, prepare for more chilly and wet weather.

According to the Meteorological Service Singapore, thundery showers are expected on most days in the first half of this month.

So dig up those outer layers and flex the jackets you wouldn’t be able to wear usually. Don’t forget to bring an umbrella when you go out too.

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Featured Image: Screengrab of Facebook (Danny Ng)