Downpour causes flash floods in west, central areas

Heavy rain caused flash floods in the central and western parts of Singapore yesterday.

The locations included Lorong Kismis, Toh Tuck Avenue and along the Pan-Island Expressway towards Tuas, after the Eng Neo Road exit, said national water agency PUB. By 12.20pm, floods at all three locations had subsided.

The heaviest rainfall was recorded at Old Toh Tuck Road, with about 150mm of rain over four hours - more than the average rainfall of 130.7mm recorded in the entire month of June, said the agency.

A YouTube video showed vehicles driving through the flood in Toh Tuck Avenue, near the PIE.

In Orchard, a high flood risk was reported near The Regent Singapore and Tanglin Mall at about 10am, but this subsided by about 10.15am.

The area near Sime Darby Centre in Bukit Timah Road was also deemed a high flood risk but that, too, subsided around midday.

A still from a video uploaded on YouTube yesterday showed vehicles passing through the flash flood in Toh Tuck Avenue, near the PIE. A motorcyclist and his pillion rider could be seen wading through the water while pushing their bike.

Heavy rain was expected over southern, western and central Singapore in the morning.

Singapore is currently in the south-west monsoon period.

The second half of June is expected to be wetter than the first half, and overall rainfall for the month is likely to be above average for most parts of Singapore, said PUB.

"We urge the public to exercise caution and avoid stepping into or driving into flooded areas. During heavy rain, the public should stay tuned to radio broadcast and check PUB's Facebook page or mobile app MyWaters for flood updates," the agency said.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on June 27, 2018, with the headline 'Downpour causes flash floods in west, central areas'. Subscribe