Public Utilities Board (PUB) often use the word “ponding” as a friendly public relation term to describe flooding in Singapore. Environment Minister Dr. Vivian Balakrishnan said “PUB should not have used the word, “ponding“. He noted that any form of flooding needs to be addressed. Dr Balakrishnan said: “The technical difference between a flood, a flash flood and a pond – let me just say that as far as I’m concerned.” He continued “As far as I’m concerned, I call a spade a spade, a flood is a flood.
Liat Towers again ponded (flooded) due to the prolonged heavy rain which fell directly into the building’s outdoor area. Ponded (flooded) area was at a sunken plaza and the primary means to drain water away there is through pumping. The unlucky shops at Lucky Plaza were also ponded (flooded). This is the second time, ponding (flooding) affected the shopping belt along Orchard Road. The Public Utilities Board officially claimed that No floods in Orchard Road, just ‘ponding’.
Punggol Waterfront Town was an ambitious project to transform what some residents have described as a backwater town into a “New Waterfront Town”. It has been four years in the making and was envisioned by Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong. The town, one of the biggest in Singapore, will house some 23,000 families by the end of 2011. Nicknamed “Venice of Punggol”, it was built at a cost of S$225 million, lets hope the new waterway built by the Housing and Development Board don’t get flooded during the rainy season. Read more »
A 1.4 kilometre low-lying stretch in Orchard Road from Orchard Parade Hotel to The Heeren were raised by 1 foot to protect it against flash floods. Recently it was hit by one of the worst floods in recent history when the Stamford Canal, designed to discharge excess water to the sea (now a fresh water reservoir), could not cope with two successive bursts of intense rainfall, causing rainwater to overflow onto the roads.
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The Public Utilities Board (PUB), Singapore’s National water agency, revealed that they are expediting drainage improvement systems and implementing an early warning system for residents in the Joo Chiat area affected by the recent floods. An outlet drain between Tembeling Road and Ceylon Road will also be widened and deepened. Along Siglap Canal. works are also underway to deepen and widen a major water artery in the area that is linked to the sea.
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The rain came with the same ferocity as the “Great Singapore Flood“. In some residential areas like Carlisle Road, the water was knee-high, subsiding only after 30 minutes. Over at Goodman Road, near Tanjong Katong, some residents straggle to get their cars to drier ground. Other homes had their power supply knocked out by the flood water. Some Condo like Cluny Court, Gentle Reflections and Tessarina basement carparks were badly flooded and cars destroyed.
Heavy and intense rain triggered flash floods and left a trail of damage and disruption along Orchard Road, Singapore’s most popular shopping belt. The downpour started in the early morning swiftly wreaking havoc over two hours. Luxury boutiques, coffee outlets and the 3-day old Wendy’s fast-food outlet located in Liat Tower were destroyed.
A sudden surge of heavy rain this afternoon at about 3pm slowed down traffic due slight flooding long expressway around the island. In particular, the East Coast Parkway Expressway (ECP) near the the Marina Bay Sands construction was flooded. This is probably caused by a dip on the road as tje result of earthworks and compounded by blocked drains.
Intense heavy rain caused flooding in various part of Singapore. In Bukit Timah, at its peak, the flood waters reached knee level. Stretches from Coronation Road to Third Avenue and from Wilby Road to Blackmore Road. The junction of Sixth Avenue and Bukit Timah Road was also flooded. The rainfall was about six times that of a normal storm resulted in massive amounts of water – equivalent to the amount in 115 Olympic-sized pools – to drain into Bukit Timah Canal, causing it to overflow.
Heavy morning rain caused flooding along Braddell Road, near Westlake Secondary School, and the junction of Bukit Timah and Cluny roads were under 0.3 Meters of floor water.
The overhaul of the Stamford Canal that costed $32-million has completed. The 4.1 km canal has been widened and deepened between Orange Grove Road to the sea front. The entire project took 30 months. This will leviate the flooding of Orchard Road during heavy rain fall.
Some areas along Bukit Timah Road, the flood water rose to 1.5 metres deep after a heavy downpour. Cluny Road was also flooded, but that flooding was believed to have been caused partly by sewerage work in that area.
A torrential downpour resulted in the heaviest rainfall for the decade. Rainfall during the 24-hour period – at 512.4 mm – was the highest ever recorded. The SAF, together with the Police, were called upon to handle one of Singapore’s biggest flood rescue and evacuation operations. Equipped with standard rescue procedures and the raw enthusiasm of our servicemen, the Ministry of Defence Operations Centre implemented the contingency plan, Operation Menolong. As most of the roads were impassable to heavy traffic, assault boats and dinghies were deployed to evacuate residents to higher ground. At Potong Pasir alone, more than 200 villagers were evacuated and housed in the Kim Keat community centre; others were housed in St. Andrew’s School. The boats were used to evacuate people from four other sub-merged areas – Kampong San Teng, Lorong Buangkok, Lorong Kudang and Lorong Chuan.
A strong 22-Knots (40km/hr) Sumatra storm from the Malacca Straits hit Singapore this morning. In just over two hours it caused heavy flooding, power failures, landslides, monster traffic jams and a chain of road mishaps. At the Paya Lebar Airport, two arrivals and two departures were delayed due to poor visibility. Several kampong homes in Geylang Serai had their their roof-top blown off. Flood were reported at Bukit Timah Road, Kampong Java Road, Kheam Hock Road and Holland Road. Even the Botanic Gardens was under water. Several trees throughout the island were uprooted.
A monster flood that affected much of the island because of 12 inches (300 millimetres) of rain fell in a 24 hour period leaving many parts of Singapore submerged up to chest levels, with waters in the worst hit areas rising over 2 metres, in the worst flooding in some 35 years. Some 3000 people were left homeless as a result and five people were killed. Potong Pasir was one of the worst hit areas with the attap and zinc roofs of houses were visible with the rest submersed under water. Vegetable farms were destroyed and much of the livestock kept in the pig and poultry farms, drowned.