SCDF rescues 11 trapped in vehicles by flash flood in Jurong West

The scene inside the affected bus.
The scene inside the affected bus.PHOTO: FACEBOOK/THESSA HUIYING
The victims were evacuated from the vehicles - a bus, a lorry and a car - affected by torrential rain in the area.
The victims were evacuated from the vehicles - a bus, a lorry and a car - affected by torrential rain in the area.PHOTO: FACEBOOK/THESSA HUIYING

SINGAPORE - The Singapore Civil Defence Force (SCDF) was called into action to rescue 11 people trapped in three vehicles by a flash flood along Enterprise Road in Jurong West on Friday (June 17) afternoon.

The victims were evacuated from the vehicles - a bus, a lorry and a car - affected by torrential rain in the area.

The water level was up to knee-high in the vehicles, with those trapped donning life vests provided by SCDF as they were taken to safety.

A Facebook post by Thessa Huiying showed SCDF personnel wading through a heavy downpour to get to the affected passengers.

Ms Huiying, who was one of the passengers in the bus, said the bus captain took the wise decision of not driving through the flood.

"Uncle kept apologising to us, but I reassured him that this was not his fault. We should be thanking him instead for looking out for our safety," she wrote.

She added that an SCDF officer requested that an elderly man wear a safety vest, telling him "Uncle must be safe ok?".

An SCDF spokesman said it deployed two fire engines, one ambulance and one support vehicle to the scene after being alerted to the incident around 4.30pm.

SCDF said no injuries were reported.