Tanjong Pagar, Boon Lay, Outram hit with flash floods; PUB says areas are known hot spots

Heavy rain caused flash floods in Craig Road, Outram Road and the junction of Jalan Boon Lay and International Road on Jan 25, 2018.
Heavy rain caused flash floods in Craig Road, Outram Road and the junction of Jalan Boon Lay and International Road on Jan 25, 2018.PHOTO: SCREENGRAB FROM SG NO.1 IN ALL IN 1 SHARING / UPDATES
Heavy downpour on Kim Seng Road at 5.15pm on Jan 24.
Heavy downpour on Kim Seng Road at 5.15pm on Jan 24. PHOTO: ST READER
People outside Yishun MRT station on Jan 20, 2018. The National Environment Agency said that heavy rain is expected over many areas in Singapore on Jan 24 from 5.15pm to 6.15pm.
People outside Yishun MRT station on Jan 20, 2018. The National Environment Agency said that heavy rain is expected over many areas in Singapore on Jan 24 from 5.15pm to 6.15pm.ST PHOTO: DESMOND WEE
 The National Environment Agency said that heavy rain is expected over many areas in Singapore on Jan 24 from 5.15pm to 6.15pm.
The National Environment Agency said that heavy rain is expected over many areas in Singapore on Jan 24 from 5.15pm to 6.15pm.PHOTO: SCREENGRAB FROM NEA

SINGAPORE - Heavy rain caused flash floods in Craig Road, Outram Road and the junction of Jalan Boon Lay and International Road on Wednesday (Jan 24) with high flood risk reported in many other areas across Singapore.

National water agency PUB said in a statement on Wednesday night that the three locations are known hot spots, prone to flooding because of specific localised conditions.

There are plans for drainage improvement works in Jalan Boon Lay and International Road, together with upcoming development works in the area, PUB said.

The agency is studying measures to improve drainage in Craig Road, and it is investigating the flood in Outram Road, which occurred in front of the Tan Boon Liat Building next to PUB’s drainage construction worksite.

PUB first tweeted at about 5.15pm that two out of three lanes at the junction of Jalan Boon Lay and International Road were affected by flash floods.

It said that Craig Road in Tanjong Pagar was closed to traffic due to the flash floods as well.

In an update at around 5.25pm, PUB tweeted that the flash floods in Boon Lay have subsided and that traffic is passable.


PUB first tweeted at about 5.15pm that two out of three lanes at the junction of Jalan Boon Lay and International Road were affected by flash floods. 
PHOTO: SCREENGRAB FROM SG NO.1 IN ALL IN 1 SHARING / UPDATES

Soon after, it tweeted that Craig Road was open to traffic. 

​Several areas in central and western Singapore also reported a high flood risk on Wednesday.


PHOTO: SCREENGRAB FROM NEA

These include the junction of Yuan Ching Road and Yung Kuang Road, and the junction of Exeter Road and Somerset Road.

In the statement, PUB added that the north-east monsoon season is expected to continue in Singapore till March. “We urge the public to exercise caution and avoid stepping into or driving into flooded areas,” the statement said.