Thursday, September 5, 2013

Singapore Flood 2013

Heavy rain on Thursday resulted in flood in Singapore and lots of traffic jams in some areas. Unusually heavy torrential rains lasting an hour and 15 minutes, began at 8.15 am. Western Singapore was worst effected. Kent Ridge near NUS received heaviest rainfall while a section of the Ayer Rajah Expressway:
Motorists travelling towards town on the AYE encountered massive congestion before Clementi, with electronic road signs announcing that the three-lane expressway was closed after the Clementi exit. The PUB said that drains overflowed at the AYE due to the intense rainfall and rising tide, with flood waters reaching a depth of half a metre, and subsided within 40 minutes.
Source : Flash floods hit several areas in western Singapore
Kent Ridge MRT station was flooded and waters at the National University of Singapore campus reached knee-deep levels at the science faculty blocks on Lower Kent Ridge Road, near the National University Hospital (NUH).

Here is the PUB statement on flash floods in Singapore on September 5 2013:

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.

A Facebook post yesterday saying "avoid
Commonwealth area"
Today on September 6 2013, all parts of Singapore is covered with heavy thundery showers and floods may be repeated. Actually at the moment NEA weather forecast shows all towns with thundery showers! Thundery showers also indicate that there is an imminent risk of lightning for that sector/town centre. So it is best to avoid outdoor activities, open waters and pools today.

It is also expected that thundery showers will stay over Singapore in the next 3 days.

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