Flash flood, fallen trees as storms hit northern Singapore

Flash flood, fallen trees as storms hit northern Singapore

Flash flood Seletar North Link
Seletar North Link was hit with a flash flood on Tuesday (Jan 30) evening. (Photo: Twitter/PUB)

SINGAPORE: Heavy rain fell across Singapore on Tuesday (Jan 30) afternoon, leading to a flash flood at Seletar North Link. Fallen trees were also reported in various parts of northern Singapore. 

Tipper truck driver Jackie Yap said he was on the way to work at around 5pm when he saw the flood along Seletar North Link. 

"I saw two stalled cars in the water. One was a Toyota Wish and another a Toyota Altis," Mr Yap told Channel NewsAsia. "The drivers couldn't do much ... They were very helpless. I could see them making phone calls, probably asking for help." 

Mr Yap said he saw at least four fallen trees on his Seletar journey. 

Seletar tree
A collapsed tree along Seletar West Link. (Photo: Telegram/SG Road Blocks/Traffic News)

Fallen tree on TPE
A tree fell on the Tampines Expressway on Tuesday (Jan 30). (Photo: Twitter / The Snapped Fork)

Twitter user Sara Thompson said she was travelling from Yishun to Yio Chu Kang when she saw "20-plus trees over the road", "snapped barriers", "bent signage" and even hailstones

Photos on social media also showed fallen trees and branches in Ang Mo Kio and Yishun, including an uprooted tree that fell on a railing near Yishun Secondary School.


In a statement late Tuesday evening, PUB confirmed that the flash flood occurred at about 5.20pm at Seletar North Link on Punggol Barat Island and that it subsided at 5.45pm. 

Seletar North Link runs through Punggol Barat Island.

"The overland flow from the storm exceeded the capacity of the roadside drains, causing the flash flood on the road," said PUB, adding that Seletar North Link saw a similar flood last December. 

PUB also said it was in the process of constructing two temporary drains to alleviate flooding in the area, one of which will be completed in mid-February. The other will be ready in May. 

"More permanent drainage is planned in tandem with upcoming developments in the area," it added. 

In its statement, PUB said Singapore was still "experiencing the northeast monsoon season, which is expected to continue until March". It urged the public to exercise caution and to avoid stepping or driving into flooded areas. It also advised that the public tune in to radio broadcasts or check its MyWaters app for flood updates. 

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Source: CNA/hs