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Flash floods reported at several locations today: PUB

Intense rain overwhelmed the drainage systems in MacKenzie Road, Kramat Lane, and Bassein Road, according to a media release from the national water agency. 

SINGAPORE:  Flash floods were reported on Tuesday (July 29) at MacKenzie Road, Kramat Lane, and Bassein Road, according to a media release from the Public Utilities Board (PUB). The heaviest rainfall today was recorded at Handy Road, which saw a total rainfall of 95.4mm from 2.10pm to 4pm. 

PUB said the flash floods were caused by intense rain overwhelming the drainage systems in these areas. "The localised flash floods subsided in less than 25 minutes and the roads remained passable to traffic," according to its statement. 

The national water agency said that in addition to the drainage improvement works along MacKenzie Road completed in December 2013, the existing culvert at the downstream junction of MacKenzie Road and Bukit Timah Road will be upgraded in tandem with the Land Transport Authority's Downtown Line II works to improve flood protection for the area.

PUB has also scheduled works to deepen and widen the existing culvert at Bassein Road, which are slated to start in the fourth quarter of 2014.

Construction work for the Stamford Detention Tank and Stamford Diversion Canal has also begun, as part of measures to enchance flood protection for the Stamford Canal Catchment, which covers the Orchard Road shopping belt, including Kramat Lane. Works for the Stamford Detention Tank and Stamford Diversion Canal are expected to complete by 2016 and 2017 respectively, said PUB. 

To obtain flood updates or report flash floods, the public can call PUB’s 24-hour Call Centre at 1800-284 6600 or go to PUB’s Facebook: www.facebook.com/PUBSg or PUB’s mobile app “MyWaters”.

For the latest weather reports, including heavy rain warnings, visit the NEA website atwww.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

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