Flash floods hit western Singapore

Sungei Ulu Pandan swollen with rainwater on Monday..

SINGAPORE - Flash floods hit many areas of western Singapore on Monday afternoon as the seasonal heavy rains continued.

Residents of Sunset Drive in Clementi said water on the road was almost at knee height. Water also gushed through the gates of some of their homes.

"Our front porch was filled ankle deep with rainwater," said marketing director Patrick Loiseau, 50. "My dog was happily splashing away."

Domestic helper Janet Bermudez, 32, said: "I had to run after our dustbins, which floated away. It was also a bit difficult for cars to pass through."

Residents said that this was not the first time Sunset Drive has flooded, as rainwater tends to flow down from higher ground in the area.

National water agency PUB said drainage improvement works at the junction of Sunset Drive and Sunset Square should be completed by the middle of next year.

Ms Bermudez also noticed that "they have redone the drains" across the street from where she lives, and observed that floods there now are "not so high".

A total of 86.6mm of rain fell between 3pm and 4.40pm on Monday, rendering the sliproad from Clementi Road to Ulu Pandan Road unpassable to traffic for 15 minutes.

The Meteorological Service Singapore has predicted that next month and January could be 10 per cent to 20 per cent wetter than usual in terms of rainfall.

Floods were also reported along Dunearn Road, at the junction of Clementi Avenue 4 and Commonwealth Avenue West and at Lorong Kismis.

On Monday night, the National Environment Agency website forecast thundery showers for this afternoon and the next two days, in the late morning and early afternoon.


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Flash floods in the afternoon of Nov 4