Heavy rain causes flash floods in Tanjong Pagar, Boon Lay

Heavy rain causes flash floods in Tanjong Pagar, Boon Lay

Flood near Tan Boon Liat
Floods seen at Outram Road from Tan Boon Liat building. (Photo: Channel NewsAsia reader) 

SINGAPORE: Flash floods were reported in the western and central parts of Singapore following a heavy downpour on Wednesday (Jan 24) afternoon.

National water agency PUB said in separate alerts on Wednesday that flash floods occurred at Jalan Boon Lay/International Road at 5.15pm and Craig Road at 5.16pm.

In an update late on Wednesday, PUB noted that the two areas are known flood hotspots.

"There are plans for drainage improvement works at Jalan Boon Lay/International Road in tandem with upcoming development works in the area. PUB is studying measures to improve the drainage at Craig Road," it said in a statement.

Video sent by Channel NewsAsia reader Daeun Amy Yoo showed the wheels of vehicles partially submerged in the flash flood, with water rising up to ankle level at Tanjong Pagar Road. 

Photos sent in by another Channel NewsAsia reader, who wanted to remain anonymous, showed Outram Road covered in muddy water.

Barriers from a nearby construction looked to have dislodged from their positions and floated onto the middle lane of the road, obstructing vehicles. 

Floor near Tan Boon Liat 2
Floods seen at Outram Road from Tan Boon Liat building. (Photo: Channel NewsAsia reader) 
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PUB said in its statement that the flood at Outram Road took place next to the water agency's drainage construction worksite. "We are investigating further," it said.

The agency added that Singapore is still experiencing the northeast monsoon season, which is expected to continue till March.

It urged the public to exercise caution and avoid flooded areas.

Flood updates are available on PUB’s Facebook page, as well as its mobile app MyWaters.

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Source: CNA/ng

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