Singapore underwater

16 06 2010

Oopsie, I guess I may have been a little premature in celebrating the rain this morning – the rain does provide a welcome respite from the sweltering heat that has seemed to engulf us of late, but today, there was some serious flooding that occurred in parts of Singapore. Channel NewsAsia reported that the areas affected included Bukit Timah, Newton Circus and Scotts Road. It does seem that the junction of Scotts and Orchard Roads were hit pretty badly with stalled vehicles causing chaos at the junction which resulted in a friend of mine being stuck for 3 hours! There were some pretty amazing scenes looking at the pictures he took.

The thing about today’s flash floods was that it coincided with the low tide. What we may also recall were the floods which occurred in Bukit Timah last November which were said to be a once in 50 year event. It would be interesting to see what the authorities say over the next few days.

Flooding was quite a regular occurrence in Singapore at one time and I recall that the area where the primary school that I attended was, had been quite flood prone and we regularly had to wade through flood waters. The home of a classmate staying opposite the school in Lincoln Road was regularly affected. Keng Lee Road and Cambridge Road nearby, where I went to kindergarten was also prone to the Rochor Canal that ran along Kampong Java Road overflowing, and there were occasions when I had to be carried over the flood waters. Whatever it is, I am thankful that the drainage system has improved to the extent that flooding isn’t what one expects whenever there is a downpour.

Photos of the Scotts Road and Orchard Road junctions on 16 June 2010 (courtesy of James Tan):






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6 responses

16 06 2010
James Seah

“Whatever it is, I am thankful that the drainage system has improved to the extent that flooding isn’t what one expects whenever there is a downpour”.

You’re right, Jerome. Without the drainage system extensive improvement over the decades, many flood-proned areas in Singapore in the past, could have been worst now. In the 1960s, Havelock Road/Jervois Road are often flooded whenever it rains within an hour.

17 06 2010
The wondering wanderer

Thanks James! The drainage has certainly improved over the years – do you recall the 1969 floods? I just posted a photo of Newton Circus underwater during the 1969 floods.

16 06 2010
bookjunkie

I am so glad I wasn’t anywhere near town today

17 06 2010
The wondering wanderer

Bookjunkie, I am too! I was actually thinking of taking some photographs in that area and decided against it when the first few drops fell! 🙂

17 06 2010
David Leong

Guess I have to catch up some reading with some pictures this morning lah.

17 06 2010
The wondering wanderer

Ya lah! 🙂

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