Jem mall has another incident after sprinkers go off

Jem mall has another incident after sprinkers go off
The large amounts of water being dispersed from the sprinklers at JEM.

SINGAPORE - Jem the mall, opened almost a year ago on June 15, after several delays.

Just after its first anniversary, it seems like the mall was raining on its own parade.

"Seriously? Is this really happening again?" thought Ms Adeline Wong yesterday as she saw water gushing from the ceiling outside her store.

The sales assistant works at clothing stall Lowrys Farm, on the first floor of the Jurong mall.

Last year, Ms Wong was working at the store when a water pipe on the first floor ceiling burst, causing the ceiling to collapse and flood the entire area.

This time, she was in the store at around 12.15pm with another colleague when she heard water gushing right outside one of their two entrances.

"The water came suddenly," she said.

They closed their store doors to limit the water that was flowing in, but it was still hit.

Mall management Lend Lease said the incident occurred after a sprinkler system on level three was activated. Water then flowed onto levels B1, 1 and 2.

By the time the water stopped flowing - about five minutes later - water had filled up to 3cm high on the ground floor of the mall.

When The New Paper visited the store at around 5pm, the parquet floor had absorbed a fair amount of water and swelled up.

The bottom of some of the wooden shelves were also wet. Ms Wong said that the store's entire floor had been replaced last year following the previous episode.

Fortunately, most its merchandise was not placed on the ground and was unaffected.

"I might be one of the unluckiest people around to have gone through this twice," said Ms Wong.

"It is so troublesome to clean up the place after the flood."

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