Lorry driver rescued after vehicle is stuck in flash flood in Old Chua Chu Kang Road

SCDF personnel entered the 1.5m-deep water and attached a float to the driver, before guiding him to safety about 10m away. PHOTO: SCREENGRAB FROM DANNY NG/FACEBOOK

SINGAPORE - A lorry driver was stranded in his vehicle that was partly submerged in a flash flood in Old Chua Chu Kang Road at around 3.45pm on Monday (March 7).

Personnel from the Singapore Civil Defence Force (SCDF) entered the 1.5m-deep water and attached a float to the driver, before guiding him to safety about 10m away.

Heavy rain on Monday afternoon also led to flash floods in Jurong East Street 32 and Enterprise Road near Boon Lay Way, making the roads there impassable to traffic.

National water agency PUB said its officers rendered help to motorists and directed traffic while closing off the roads.

The floods in Jurong East and Enterprise Road subsided within 30 minutes.

The heaviest rainfall recorded in western Singapore was 134.2mm in Jurong West Street 42 from 2.35pm to 4.45pm, PUB added.

This is equivalent to 88 per cent of the Republic's average monthly rainfall in March, and falls within the top 1 per cent of maximum daily rainfall records since 1981, said PUB.

It had earlier said in a series of alerts that water levels had reached 90 per cent in drains near two Housing Board flats along the road at around 3.15pm.

PUB later issued flood warnings for Choa Chu Kang Avenue 1 and Teck Whye Lane at about 3.25pm, as well as Woodlands Road and Kranji Expressway at 3.30pm.

Water levels in drains also rose to 90 per cent in Boon Lay Way and nearby areas such as Jalan Boon Lay, International Road, Chin Bee Road and Sungei Lanchar, and members of the public were advised to avoid these areas.

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Thundery showers are expected on most days in the first half of this month, according to the Meteorological Service Singapore.

This is because the prevailing north-east monsoon rain band is set to persist over Singapore for the first half of the month.

Thundery showers in the afternoon are expected from Tuesday to Thursday, according to the National Environment Agency's four-day forecast.

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