Sudden floods hit Paya Lebar after downpour

Pictures by: 
Gavin Foo
Report by: 
Elizabeth Law

It started off like any Sunday afternoon as tyre shop owner Andy Ng prepared for the afternoon rush. The 34-year-old had just finished a late lunch at about 3pm when it started to rain. The next thing he knew, the canal beside his Paya Lebar workshop was overflowing and the roads surrounding his workshop were covered in thigh-high murky water.

“It was very dangerous because you couldn’t see where the road was and where the drain started. So I asked one of my workers to go out and turn traffic back,” he said.

The weather also meant he had to close for the afternoon, which would cost him nearly $10,000 in business. “We have no choice. Sundays are usually one of the best days of the week, but it’s too dangerous for people to drive through the water,” he said. “I’d rather we close for the afternoon than to risk any accidents or damaged cars because of the flood.”

The PUB said that 77mm of rainfall was recorded yesterday. In October, Singapore receives about 193mm of rainfall. The national water agency said that floods were reported in seven places, in the eastern and central parts of Singapore.

It said that parts of Paya Lebar and Eunos were affected because the Geylang River, which runs through those areas, was flowing full during the storm. Upgrading works done on the river are expected to finish at the end of next year. As for the Thomson Road area, which was also affected, detailed design for the improvement works will start next year.

The PUB reminded everyone to exercise caution during heavy storms as there may be flash floods.

Here are some pictures of the flash flood along Ubi Avenue 2 and Arumugam Road.

The article related to these pictures was first published in The New Paper on 21 October 2013.