Measures in place for raining season

Measures in place for raining season
Workers carrying out drainage works in New Upper Changi Road. The PUB said drainage improvement to the flood-prone section, which also includes part of Chai Chee Road, will be speeded up.

With more rain than usual expected in the next few months, those hit by floods this year have already moved to prevent history from repeating itself.

At Rochester Mall in Buona Vista, where a restaurant and cafe were hit by floodwaters in February, management intervened within weeks of the incident. It built a cement platform about 35cm high on the staircase leading down to both establishments to prevent water streaming down.

No further flooding has since occurred, said assistant marketing manager Hana Arshad of Pasta Fresca da Salvatore restaurant, which was ankle-deep in water then.

It was also a case of once bitten, twice shy at Singapore Polytechnic, where several classes were disrupted by flooding during the same storm.

Fifteen sandbag stations installed in August now dot the premises as another precaution against floodwaters. The school also installed early warning sensors at critical locations around campus in September this year, after a storm that month flooded nearby roads.

The National University of Singapore is also improving its existing drainage "to handle the anticipated increase in rainfall" during the coming monsoon, said a spokesman. The same September storm innundated several of its facilities under knee-high water.

But others are choosing to take their chances against the bad weather.

At the flood-prone junction between Chai Chee and New Upper Changi roads, tenants The Straits Times spoke to said that while business has been affected, they have not adopted precautionary measures.

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