Heavy rain causes flashfloods, traffic jams in several parts of Singapore

PUB to upgrade major drain at AYE to deal with flooding SINGAPORE - Environment and Water Resources Minister Vivian Balakrishnan said in a post on his Facebook page that this will help to alleviate the flooding at the AYE as currently Sungei Pandan Kechil drains south to the sea and is subject to tidal influence. The AYE was one of the areas most affected by Thursday morning's flash floods, which was caused by heavy rain falling over the central and western Singapore.

Parts of NUS campus flooded after heavy morning showers at Kent Ridge area

The Straits Times understands that the science and engineering faculties were among the buildings affected. At the science faculty blocks, water reached knee-level and even cascaded off higher-tier floors into the basement. Staff working at the engineering faculty said the water level was at least ankle-deep.

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Heavy rain causes flashfloods, traffic jams

Many parts of Singapore reported moderate to heavy thundery showers on Thursday morning, resulting in flashfloods and traffic jams in some areas.

A tree fell on two cars, causing massive traffic jam along Dunearn Road, according to a reader who called The Straits Times.

According to the PUB, these areas reported high flood risk: Pandan Kechil, Sime Darby Centre, Sunset, Alexandra Canal near Zion Road, Commonwealth Avenue/Commonwealth Drive, and Indus Road/Ganges Avenue.

Flashfloods occurred at Alexandra Road, near the junction of Delta Road, and Commonwealth Avenue/Commonwealth Drive, near Commonwealth MRT station. But the floods have subsided by 9.48am, according to the PUB.

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Heavy rain causes flashfloods in Singapore

Here's the press release from PUB:

Heavy rain fell over the central and western parts of Singapore this morning from 8.15am to 9.30am. The heaviest rainfall was recorded at Kent Ridge with a rainfall of 102.8mm from 8.10am to 9.40am. It peaked between 8.15am to 8.50am, with a rainfall of 82.2mm.

Flash floods were reported at the following locations: - Ayer Rajah Expressway (AYE) 9.6km, towards East Coast Parkway (ECP) - Commonwealth Avenue/Lane/Drive - Junction of South Bridge Road and Maxwell Road - Junction of Cuscaden Road and Tomlinson Road - Alexandra Road, towards Lower Delta Road (near Ganges Avenue) - Lorong Kismis

The areas most affected by the flash floods were the AYE and Commonwealth Avenue. At the AYE, the drains overflowed due to the intense rainfall and rising tide. Flood waters reached a depth of half a metre and subsided within 40 minutes. All four lanes of AYE towards ECP were closed to traffic during the flood. PUB has plans to upgrade the Sungei Pandan Kechil, which serves this section of the AYE.

For Commonwealth Avenue, PUB has scheduled drainage improvement works, which will commence in 4th Quarter 2013 and are expected to complete by 1st half of 2015

PUB advises the public to exercise caution as flash floods may occur in the event of heavy storms.

The public can also call the PUB 24-hour Call Centre at 1800-284 6600 or go to PUB's Facebook www.facebook.com/PUBSg or PUB iphone apps iPUBOne to report flash floods or to check on the flood situation. The public can also get updates on water level information in key canals/drains through PUB's Facebook Page: www.facebook.com/PUBSg, Twitter: twitter.com/PUBSingapore or website: www.pub.gov.sg.

For the latest weather reports, including heavy rain warnings, members of the public can call NEA's weather forecast hotline at 6542 7788, visit the NEA website at www.nea.gov.sg or use the mobile weather service (Weather@SG - weather.nea.gov.sg).

SMS alert services on heavy rain warning and water level information are also open for public subscription at: http://www.pub.gov.sg/managingflashfloods/wls/Pages/SubscriptiontoSMSAlerts.aspx

Singaporeans encountered flash floods in parts of Singapore this morning (Sep 5), such as the Ayer Rajah Expressway and Clementi, which caused traffic jams lasting for more than half an hour.

A photograph of students clinging on to a fence to avoid a flooded section of their school has also been making its rounds on the Internet.

It is understood that the picture was taken at Fairfield Methodist Secondary.

According to a Straits Times report, a tree fell on two cars, causing massive traffic jam along Dunearn Road.

These areas reported high flood risk: Pandan Kechil, Sime Darby Centre, Sunset, Alexandra Canal near Zion Road, Commonwealth Avenue/Commonwealth Drive, and Indus Road/Ganges Avenue.

Flash floods also occurred at Alexandra Road, near the junction of Delta Road, and Commonwealth Avenue/Commonwealth Drive, near Commonwealth MRT station.

But the floods have subsided by 9.48am, according to the PUB.

Stomp contributor Steven said:

"Flash flood at AYE Exit 9.

"The flood is still there and at tire level.

"I was stuck there for half an hour and many cars were partially submerged."

Stomp contributor Jan said:

"Floods at AYE this morning.

"The traffic at the AYE came to a standstill because of the downpour."

Stomp contributor Henry said:

"Heavy downpour since early this morning has turned the stretch of road outside Clementi Town Secondary and Clementi Primary School into a muddy river.|

"The road is hardly accessible to pedestrians unless they are prepared to wet their feet in the muddy water."

Stomp contributor William said:

"Travel out for work at 7am.

"Buses and car soaked in water.

"I wonder what time I will reach the workplace today."

Stomp contributor Fiee said:

"It was raining heavily in the morning.

"I was on my way to work when I noticed that the monsoon drain nearby was overflowing.

"Upon walking to the bus stop, I was taken aback to see the condition at the expressway.

"Water was all the way up, covering the floor of the elevated bus stop platform.

"The photos shows many vehicles already half submerged in the flood."

 
 
 

STOMPer Melvyn said:

"At around 9.30am, the heavy rains and strong winds caused the tree to fall on the car as seen in the picture.

"The tree branches completely blocked off both sides of the road to traffic.

"There was a long jam in both directions as buses were not able to make a U-turn."

STOMPer Chew said:

"Flooding on AYE this morning, 5 September.

"Screenshot taken from a friend's FB posting where he encountered the flooding first-hand."

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