It was thigh-high in a flash

It was thigh-high in a flash
People were stranded outside Fung Huo Yuan Temple along Paya Lebar Road because of flash floods in the area.

It started off like any Sunday afternoon as tyre shop owner Andy Ng prepared for the afternoon rush.

The 34-year-old had just finished a late lunch at about 3pm when it started to rain.

The next thing he knew, the canal beside his Paya Lebar workshop was overflowing and the roads surrounding his workshop were covered in thigh-high murky water.

"It was very dangerous because you couldn't see where the road was and where the drain started. So I asked one of my workers to go out and turn traffic back," he said.

The weather also meant he had to close for the afternoon, which would cost him nearly $10,000 in business.

"We have no choice. Sundays are usually one of the best days of the week, but it's too dangerous for people to drive through the water," he said.

"I'd rather we close for the afternoon than to risk any accidents or damaged cars because of the flood."

About 500m away, at Arumugam Road, one lorry driver wasn't quite so fortunate. Mr Choo Kim Chwee, 51, was driving his lorry out of the Cheng Hong Siang Tng temple at about 5pm when it suddenly ground to a halt.

"I was busy talking to my brother and I didn't notice the puddle of water in front," he said in Mandarin. But he had a shock when he got out to check on the lorry.

The water was knee-high and some of it had gone into the engine, which meant he was stranded.

He eventually waited an hour inside his lorry for the flood to subside before he could try to restart his lorry.

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