Leaks at Redhill MRT caused by clogged gutters, sudden downpour: SMRT

Commuters avoid dripping water from the ceiling of Redhill MRT station on April 1, 2017.
Commuters avoid dripping water from the ceiling of Redhill MRT station on April 1, 2017.PHOTO: SCREENGRAB FROM FACEBOOK VIDEO

SINGAPORE - Heavy rain caused water to leak into parts of Redhill MRT Station on Saturday (April 1), with commuters ducking dripping water from the ceiling to make their way through the station.

Videos posted on Facebook from Saturday show puddles on the floor, and at least one store that appeared to be a bakery put out trays to collect the water, which had pooled inside its premises.

In response to The Straits Times, Mr Patrick Nathan, SMRT's vice-president for corporate information and communications, said on Monday that the leaks had been triggered by a sudden heavy downpour on Saturday afternoon.

"Our findings show that the rain gutters at the rooftop of Redhill MRT Station had become clogged with leaves," he said. The downpour led to an overflow of water, which leaked in some parts of the station.

Inspections and rectification works have been carried out to prevent a repeat of the incident, he said, apologising for the inconvenience caused.